Santa Fe: Twin Palms, 1998. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's black cloth, spine and upper board stamped in yellow, sage endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket, original black cloth clamshell box. WITH: Gelatin silver print, measuring 5-1/2" x 8", matted (total piece measures 11" x 10").
Limited first edition, number 9 of 150 copies signed by Davidson (from a total edition of 4000), and one of only 50 to include a matted gelatin silver print of young men outside a tattoo parlor, also signed by Davidson (in pencil on the verso). Published here in book form for the first time, this "grainy, cinematic record of the time [Davidson] spent hanging out with a Brooklyn teen gang called the Jokers" during the late 1950s reproduces, in sheet-fed gravures on Japanese paper, photographs that initially appeared in Esquire (June 1960). Davidson has been called a "poet of transition, drawn to places and moments on the verge of historical eclipse… The images of that summer have an eternal quality to them… a lost world of stickball and boardwalks, of Vaseline hair and rolled sleeves" (New York Times). With a text by Davidson, and his wife Emily Haas's interview with gang member Bob "Bengie" Powers: "For the most part, we never had anybody that took any kind of interest in us. Many adults didn't like us. We were a street gang and we sort of protected our turf, you know, our candy store, our park side, with the girls and that kind of thing." Publisher's printed limitation slip laid in. Book and print both fine. Item #770