New York: Aperture, 1988. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's light gray cloth, spine stamped in black, ecru endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Inscribed first edition of influential American photographer Sally Mann's second photobook, featuring portraits of the children of friends and relatives from her home state of Virginia, many known to her through the medical care of her father, who practiced as a general practitioner for over 40 years. Mann remains a controversial figure in photography for drawing attention to cultural stigmas surrounding sexuality and children. "Though the girls are shown vulnerable in their youthfulness—even victimized in some instances—the photographer is interested in the strength they possess...Some of the girls are privileged and some are survivors, but in all cases: the photographer has had to make a split-second decision to capture the moment when the subject has done something truly revelatory" (from novelist Ann Beattie's introduction). Inscribed to the half-title: "NYC 1987 / For Charles— / Your toothpaste tube will not be forgotten! / All best / Sally." Illustrated with 37 duotone plates, accompanied by anecdotal descriptions by Mann. Dust jacket designed by Louise Fili. Publisher's subscription envelope laid in. Light soiling to unclipped dust jacket, else fine. Item #2601