The Bridge. A Poem.; With three photographs by Walker Evans
Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1930. Evans, Walker. First edition. From the first edition of 283 copies, this copy is one of only 25 review copies marked "hors commerce". Lightly soiled wrappers with minor wear and sun to the spine. Pages have the occasional faint spotting. Schwartz & Schweik A 2. Item #32556
The Black Sun Press issued a note with hors commerce copies (although not present here) stating "[We] regret that due to a defective impression and quality of paper these advance copies of 'The Bridge,' hors commerce, are considered typographically imperfect. A re-impression on velin Van Gelder of the numbered copies will appear for sale March 1st at the Bookshop of Harry F. Marks, New York..." This would indicate that hors commerce copies along with those on Japanese vellum arguably constitute a first impression before the type was reset for the run on Van Gelder, and, indeed there are differences in the line spacing between the printings.