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[Exhibition Catalog] Death of a Valley

by [LANGE, Dorothea (1895-1965) and Pirkle JONES (1914-2009); Minor White, edits]

Condition: Near Fine+


Rochester, NY: Aperture, 1960. First Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Near Fine+. First Printing of this "elusive" exhibition catalog documenting the Berryessa Valley in California before it was flooded to create Lake Berryessa. With text by Jones and photographs by Lange Reprinted from Aperture 8:3 ( November,1960). Slim, squarish 8vo (235 x 205mm): [40]pp, with 26 black-and-white full- and double-page photographs (a farm worker holding a crate of grapes. a horse galloping madly through a burned field, a house burning to the ground, a giant tractor kicking up cloud of dusts where crops used to grow, the town cemetery with rows of clean-cut holes where bodies had been exhumed). Original photographically illustrated (by Lange and Minor White) stapled wrappers. Near Fine or better: minor soiling to covers (heavier on lower cover, which has thin band of rippling from damp to bottom edge), but generally clean and bright throughout. Markham, "Death of a Valley," Geurnica 10/15/2015. In 1956, Dorothea Lange approached Pirkle Jones about collaborating on a photographic essay about the final year in the Napa Valley community of Berryessa Valley that she had sold to Life magazine. Berryessa Valley was slated to be flooded after the completion of the Monticello Dam, part of the Solano Project to provide irrigation to 100,000 acres of prime agricultural land. Over the course of the year, Lange and Jones documented the transformation of the community, from the removal of houses and graves to the destruction of forests. In the end, Life declined to publish the story and returned rights to Lange and Jones, who organized a traveling exhibition, Death of a Valley. Aperture published the photographic essay, which served as the exhibition catalog (based on Digital Exhibits from the UCSC Library). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).


  • Bookseller: Fine Editions Ltd US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: BB2037
  • Title: [Exhibition Catalog] Death of a Valley
  • Author: [LANGE, Dorothea (1895-1965) and Pirkle JONES (1914-2009); Minor White, edits]
  • Format/binding: Stapled Wrappers
  • Book condition: Used - Near Fine+
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Publisher: Aperture
  • Place: Rochester, NY
  • Date published: 1960
  • Bookseller catalogs: XIX CENTURY;


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