Ortiz Hernan, Gustavo.

Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Nuevo Mexico, 1937. 1st ed. 239 p., photos, ilus., boards, rebound in red leather and cloth with illustrated cover; rubbing and edgewear to foot of spine; cloth worn through at the corners; binding sturdy and interior clean Good Hardcover Late 1930s Mexican novel with leftist sympathies, winner of a contest held by "El Nacional" for revolutionary fiction. Features photos by Agustin Jimenez of workers in fields and factories. A number of elegant line drawings also complement the prose. A scarce book, with scant copies featuring the illustrated cover for sale. Inscribed by the author to Lt. Col. Ignacio Beteta in 1937 who at the time was Jefe de Estado Presidencial an important position in the Lazaro Cardenas government. Agustin Jimenez was considered to be as important a photographer as Manuel Alvarez Bravo according to Martin Parr in the 1930s. see Photo Eye: The Modernist Photobook p. 111 "It is Jimenez who makes this illustrated version of Hernan's Novel Chimeneas an important modernist photobook, despite the presence of works by two other photographers." Chimeneas was published in an edition of 10,000 copies-1,000 on special paper and 9,000 on 50Kg weight. 150 copies were specially bound as illustrated in Photo Eye p. 110. This is one of the special edition. Faint edgestain starting at page 178. (Item ID: 165862)


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