New York: McGraw-Hill, 1963. Shahn, Ben. Large quarto, original blue cloth with white lettering, red endpapers, original unclipped pictorial dust jacket featuring a design by Alexander Calder. A few spots to dust jacket, light toning to spine, bookplate of Ben Shahn and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, tiny sticker with Shahn's private library call number at base of spine. Item #10053
First edition of this illustrated collection of articles from the first fifty years of Art in America, chosen by longtime Art in America editor Jean Lipman, exploring "those distinctively American elements that, together, constitute our artistic and cultural heritage." Contributors include critics, scholars, museum directors, and artists, including Ben Shahn, whose "Autobiography of Some Paintings" traces a unifying theme through the different periods of his work: "At some point very early in my life I became absorbed -- not in Man's Fate, but rather in Man's State." With Shahn's pictorial bookplate affixed to front pastedown. A great association copy.