Item #28254 The Faith of Graffiti [Bookplate Signed by Mailer Laid in]. Mervyn Kurlansky, Jon Naar, Norman Mailer, photography, text.
The Faith of Graffiti [Bookplate Signed by Mailer Laid in]

The Faith of Graffiti [Bookplate Signed by Mailer Laid in]

New York: Praeger Publishers / Alskog Book, 1974. Very Good. Item #28254

New York: Praeger Publishers / Alskog Book, 1974. First Edition, Wrapper Issue. Large quarto; publisher's color photo-illustrated card wrappers; [80]pp. color photographs with [16]pp. text insert printed on pale tan stock. Wear to wrapper margins, chip at spine foot, faint surface scratches, else Very Good, internally clean and sound. Bookplate signed by Mailer laid in.

Photographic/anthropological/journalistic examination of the meteoric rise of graffiti affecting the New York City subway system in an era when almost no car was unaffected. Mailer's on-the-ground approach provides a sympathetic up-close portrait of the taggers: "A-I is talking to CAY 161. That is the famous Cay from 161 Street, there at the beginning with TAKI 183 and JUNIOR 161, as famous in the world of wall and subway graffiti as Giotto may have been when his name first circulated through the circuits of those workshops which led from Masaccio through Piero della Francesco..." Of course then-Mayor of New York John Lindsay was not of the same mind, having declared the first (fruitless) war on graffiti in 1972.

Price: $125.00