New York: Doubleday, 1989. 1st US Edition. Quarto, publisher's light gray cloth, spine silver gilt, upper board blind-stamped, dark green-gray endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"Actually, what we have here is a set of visions. Like a magician, William Eggleston has raised them out of light, colour, smoke and an absence of people...The human being, unseen, remains the reason these photographs of place carry such power to move and disturb us" (from Mississippi-born author Welty's introduction). First US edition of Tennessee-born photographer Eggleston's somewhat autobiographical look at the American (and occasionally international) landscape between 1983 and '86; the book begins with his home territory, the Mississippi Delta, and then radiates out to Pittsburgh, Nashville, New Orleans and Miami. The democracy Eggleston refers to in his title is the equivalence of all objects before the camera, so he takes aim at the familiar and mundane details of everyday life. Illustrated with 150 color plates. Originally published in the UK earlier the same year. Sticker residue to upper panel and some toning to unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #1816