STRAND, Paul, and James ALDRIDGE [text]. Living Egypt. [Leipig, VEB Interdruck] forMacGibbon & Kee in London, .
4to. Original linen with illustrated dust-wrappers; pp. 153, , highly illustrated in photogravure; apart from light fraying to wrappers and minimal darkening to endpapers, a very good copy.
First printing, the UK issue of a great photobook on Egypt after the revolution. Alfred Stieglitz had discovered Strand's photographic talent as early as 1915. He wrote 'His work is pure. It is direct … In whatever he does there is applied intelligence' (blurb inside front flap). Strand's Marxist leanings and McCarthyism made him to chose a printer in East Germany. Moreover, he claimed that only these printers mastered a printing technique unique to them and perfectly suited to reproduce photos. The book was initially banned in the USA.