Hardcover. London, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 1st, 2007, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 156 pages, 121 duotone photographs. Like new in publishers shrink-wrap. In this, his third book, John Comino-James shows us the world that is contained within just a few streets in the very ordinary neighbourhood of Cayo Hueso in Havana, Cuba. Through portraits and candid observation he builds an honest and intimate record of a small and tight-knit community. This is not the Havana of the tourist, but a city in which people go about their daily lives, dealing with the everyday realities that have resulted from decades of political isolation.
Hardcover. London, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 1st, 2007, Book: Near Fine, Dust Jacket: Near Fine, Hardcover, 156 pages, 121 duotone photographs. Like new in publishers shrink-wrap. In this, his third book, John Comino-James shows us the world that is contained within just a few streets in the very ordinary neighbourhood of Cayo Hueso in Havana, Cuba. Through portraits and candid observation he builds an honest and intimate record of a small and tight-knit community. This is not the Havana of the tourist, but a city in which people go about their daily lives, dealing with the everyday realities that have resulted from decades of political isolation.
Hardcover. Steidl, 1st, 2007, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 440 pages. NOTE: DUE TO SIZE & WEIGHT, DOMESTIC SHIPPING ONLY. Alberto Diaz Gutierrez--better known as Alberto Korda--is internationally recognized as the master of revolutionary Cuban photography. His most famous image is his powerful 1960 portrait of Che Guevara, "Heroic Guerrilla," which has since become the most reproduced image in the history of photography--though Korda never received any royalties from its reproduction, because he made the photograph for the Cuban newspaper, Revolucion. It is less well known that, prior to the 1959 Revolution, Korda was considered the "Avedon of Cuba," a progressive fashion photographer whose portraits of leading Cuban models, such as Norka, graced the covers of fashion magazines around the world. Likewise, his work of the 1970s and 80s, in which he explored underwater photography and also returned to fashion, has been largely neglected.Korda: A Revolutionary Lens covers every aspect of Korda's extraordinary output, paying particular attention to his work in fashion, Cuban society and the Revolution. It also includes his extensive documentation of Castro and Che. All prints have been produced under the supervision of Jose A. Figueroa, Korda's photographic assistant throughout the 1960s and 70s.
Hardcover. New York, D. Appleton & Co., 1st, 1872, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 74 pages. Hardcover. Green Pebbled cloth. Gilt title and decoration on front cover. Black & white illustrations by Toby. Front endpaper has been removed. Previous owners name on inside front cover and preliminary page. Moderate fraying at bottom of spine, light rubbing to corners. All edges gilt. Clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. London, Reel Art Press, 1st, 2015, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 176 pages, b&w and color photos by Glinn. One of the few books to capture the mayhem and idealism of the Cuban Revolution as it happened. All recorded in 10 days, it is photojournalism at it's best.
Hardcover. NY, Street & Smith, 1st, 1898, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover. Book is divided into 4 sections: Cuba, Porto Rico, The Philippines, & Hawaii. Each with a fold-out color map. 178, 171, 174, & 178 pages respectively. All maps present and in very good condition. Previous owner's inscription on front fly leaf. The pale green covers suffer from rubbing and abrasions causing discoloration, fading. Internally very good.
Softcover. US, Prestel, 1st, 2009, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 424 pages, color and b&w illustrations. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. No dust jacket, as issued. From the exhibition produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with the Museo Nacional de Belias Artes and the Fototeca de Cuba in Havana. A comprehensive history of Cuban art and design.
Hardcover. Pound Press, 1st, 2009, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket. Photographing the intersection between culture and nature for over 25 years, Virginia Beahan creates luminous and finely detailed images with an 8x10 view camera that describe the complexities of this relationship in diverse geographic settings. Her eight-year project in the waning years of Fidel Castro's revolutionary Cuba resulted in a major 2009 monograph entitled CUBA singing with bright tears. The images depict a country both tragic and beautiful, struggling beneath the weight of history. Larger-than-life images of revolutionary heroes Che Guevara and Jose Marti populate the island. The Bay of Pigs is sublime and treacherous; an atmospheric body of water rimmed with jagged black coral is the same unwelcoming shore that greeted invading CIA-trained Cuban exiles over forty-seven years ago. On a billboard, Fidel Castro reminds us that the US might invade again, and if so, he "will die fighting." Virginia Beahan's work falls within the tradition of great American photographers such as Walker Evans and Robert Adams. Her luminous and detailed large-format photographs reveal a landscape imbued with nuanced stories of culture shaped by geography and human action. Cuba's long and complicated relationship with the United States is part of this unfolding drama. Clean, bright copy.
Softcover. Durham NC, Duke University Press, reprint, 1995, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 312 pages plus index. Though written over fifty years ago, Cuban Counterpoint is recognized as one of the most important books of Latin American and Caribbean intellectual history. Treating tobacco and sugar both as agricultural commodities and as social characters in a historical process, he examines changes in their roles as the result of transculturation. Clean copy. Spine faded.
Hardcover. Gainesville, University Press of Florida, 1st, 1995, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 306 pages. Red cloth, no dust jacket issued. Light wear to edges, else a clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. Austin TX, University of Texas Press, 1st, 1990, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY MEDINA on title page. A happy, middle-class childhood lived in the shadows of sweeping social change and oncoming revolution -- such was the experience of novelist Pablo Medina. In this memoir, Medina revisits his curious double world, recalling the pre-revolutionary Cuba of his first twelve years, 1948-1960. His recollections move easily from his childhood adventures to warm remembrances of family and friends to his growing awareness of the social conflicts that would ultimately send his family into exile in the United States. Medina also draws on the memories of his elders to extend his memoir back to the Cuban War of Independence and forward through the twentieth century to the fall of the Batista regime, the victory of the Revolution in 1959, and the family's growing disillusionment with the Castro regime. Clean copy.
Hardcover. London, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 1st, 2007, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 156 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Brand new copy still in wrapper. Book in near fine condition. Very clean, unmarked copy. Color and black & white images throughout. Tight copy.
Hardcover. Woodstock, New York , Overlook Press, 1st, 1994, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 150 pages, large format. Incredible B & W photographs, 140 images in Quadratone on photo quality glossy pages of Havana. Culled down from more than 3000 images taken on 4 trips to the capital. From the famed Floridita bar, birthplace of the daquiri, to the sultry sands of its famed beaches; from the decaying majesty of its splendid architecture to the remarkable spirit of its people -- all are stunningly captured by Schommer's discerning eye.
Hardcover. NY, Prestel, 1st, 1999, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 104 pages. Ever since Fidel Castro came to power as the leader of Cuba's communist regime in 1959, Havana has remained all but impenetrable to the outside world. The revolution cut Cuba off from the West, but at the same time preserved a century of built substance and style through the accident of fmancial stagnation. Without capital investment, time stood still, and five epochs of architectural style have survived to the present day. From the majesty of colonial city palaces to the half-hearted hope of heroic modernism, Engels' photographs show a city in silent transition, a microcosm of architecture through the ages. All of the structures picttired here were built in the twentieth century, but for the most part they have suffered from neglect in the form of peeling paint and stucco, &M grime, and abandonment. Yet there is utter beauty and dignity here-a sense of being trapped in time-that is no longer evident in America's everchanging cities. Like the structures he photographs, Engels uses a timeless approach to the artistic and technical aspect of his work. He uses a Sinar catnera with a 4 x 5 inch format, standing under a darkening cloth, just as photographers did a century ago. Using a Polaroid image to feel and see the light, Engels takes a single shot of each building. Most of these images were taken during die month of February, in 1997 and 1999 respectively. These photographs of apartment dwellings, office buildings, private residences, and places of worship tell a story on their own. Their haunting images seem to speak about more than just the men who made them or the materials they are made of. The buildings and streetscapes depicted in Havana speak to us of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Hardcover. US, Taschen, 1st, 2011, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Like new in publishers shrink-wrap. Hardcover, 239 pages, color illustrations. A pictorial journey through Havana with author Julio Perez Hernandez, a professor of Architecture in Havana, & lavish photographs by Gianni Basso.
Hardcover. Germany , Steidl, 1st, 2010, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 156 pages. Hardcover with no dust jacket. Very clean, unmarked copy with only minor edgewear. Color photographs throughout. In the early 1970s, the workers at a steel smelting factory east of Havana wrote to Fidel Castro describing their housing needs. Out of this exchange a new city called Alamar was born, conceived by the same workers who would build it and live there. Today it is abandoned; Mauro D'Agati's photographs examine its eccentric spaces.
Hardcover. UK, Dewi Lewis, 1st, 1998, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 144 pages. Claudio Edinger's color photographs of Havana, Cuba. Clean. This is a photography book about Cuba unlike any you've seen before. Award-winning photojournalist Claudio Edinger gets inside the country, and shows us an unforgettable image of the people of Old Havana, living with harsh economic realities among the fading houses of the pre-Castro era. Yet the spirit of the people is one of steadfast hope, as South American writer Humberto Werneck, in his fascinating introduction, makes clear. The book also features text by exiled Cuban writer G. Cabrera Infante.
Hardcover. Charta, 1st, 2009, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 160 pages, color and b&w photographs. In the introduction to this volume, Chicago-based photographer Sandro Miller writes, "The people of Cuba provided me with faces that told a million stories--stories of war, of love, of heartache and pain, of hard work and determination--faces beaten up by the sun and the heat, but most of all faces that still had pride running deep within the pores of their skin." Miller was granted official permission to photograph Cuban athletes despite the ban, in place since 1959, on photographing sports figures in that country. Imagine Cuba 1999-2007 collects Miller's lush color and black-and-white portraits of athletes, young and old, against the backdrop of Cuba's streets and gyms, along with his sensitive diaristic narrative.
Hardcover. Chicago, Werner, 6th Ed, 1898, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, light green cloth. Black & white plates, related newspaper clippings pasted to end papers (dated 1898) bright, tight copy.
Hardcover. Boston, Ticknor & Fields , 1st, 1859, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, original textured brown cloth with publisher's embossed decoration. some light wear to spine extremities. 288 pgs, 16 pgs of ads in back. The author of "Two Year's Before the Mast", here gives vivid and interesting description of his travels in Cuba. 'Kept in the form of a journal, this is a graphic account of the author's vacation trip to Cuba in February and March 1859. He made acute observations of the land and the people'.
Hardcover. New York, William Morrow, 1st, 2002, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 295 pages. Hardcover. Dust jacket unclipped. Gilt title on spine. Deckled edges. Binding tight. In great shape, clean inside and out.
Hardcover. Montpelier, State of Vermont, 1st, 1929, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 163 pages. Hardcover. Ex-library copy with stamping and marking on endpapers. Illustrated with two black & white photographs. Features historical data, Vermont Roster 1898, etc. Green cloth covers with rubbing along edges. Clean, tight.
Hardcover. New York , Pantheon, 1st US, 1989, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 111 pages, illustrated throughout in b&w. Light edgewear and rubbing to dust jacket. Faint foxing to top edge, otherwise a clean, tight copy. In April 1933 an editor at Lippincott asked Evans to take photographs for a polemical book by Carlton Beals, a leftist writer who was very critical of the then Cuban dictator Gerardo Machado and anxious to show how American support of Machado had created an economic catastrophe in Cuba. Evans agreed after acceptance of his conditions that he have complete freedom to choose the photographs for publication and that they be collected at the end of the book so that they appeared to be an independent entity and not simply illustration of the text. Indeed, according to legend, Evans had not read Beals's text when he went to Havana in May 1933. He was in Cuba for three weeks. When his personal funds ran out, his way was paid for by Ernest Hemingway; the two had never met before, but Hemingway was eager for the company of someone equally qualified in literary conversation and in drinking. In the end, Evans contributed thirty-one photographs to the published "The Crime of Cuba". This book, WALKER EVANS: HAVANA 1933, contains seventy of the photographs Evans took in Cuba, including most of the photographs he selected for "The Crime of Cuba". The volume is introduced by an excellent essay by Gilles Mora that gives the historical background and discusses the place of Evans's Cuban photographs in his overall body of work. The photographs were selected by Mora and by John T. Hill, who also was responsible for the sequencing of their presentation. (One of Mora's points is that Evans attached a great deal of significance to the sequencing of his photographs, any collection of which he viewed as a composite artistic/documentary statement and, as such, more important than any single photograph.)