William Klein, Moscow, Mosca, Moskau, 1964 / 65

William Klein, Moscow editions from left to right:
US edition by Crown Publishers “dummy”, Japanese edition by Zokeisha, Tokyo, German edition by Nannen Verlag, Italian edition by Silvana Editoriale d’Arte, US edition by Crown Publishers.

 

William Klein, MOSKAU, 1965 (German edition)

William Klein’s four city books New York (1956), Rome (1959), Moscow, and Tokyo (1964) firmly established a place for him in photobook history. They have become treasured classics, with the ability to enchant half a century after their original publication.
Moscow is one of my all-time favourite photobooks. It is structured into four chapters: 1 moscovites, 2 privileged class 3 parks and places 4 streets. The matt gravure printing is superb, and the deep blacks add a powerful force. The double pages clearly demonstrate Klein’s talent for creating stunning landscape-format images. He comes much closer to his subjects than previously, and paints a picture of a lively, thriving Moscow at odds to the much greyer image the West preferred to portray at this time.
William Klein’s stunningly graphic cover design is used here for the first time and he quickly established it as his signature look.

The German edition of William Klein’s Moscow was published by Nannen-Verlag GmbH Hamburg as part of a series by the German newspaper Die Zeit. The series ran to only three publications, distributed in the following order: Bernard Larsson’s Die ganze Stadt Berlin in 1964, William Klein’s Moskau in 1965, followed by Tokio in 1966.
Some copies were sent as Christmas presents to the friends of the newspaper. These copies have an extra page bound inside, with a personal dedication by the publisher and the editor in chief, along with their printed signatures (see below).

My copy of the regular commercial version of Moskau came with the plain slipcase shown below. As there are no stamps or markings it can only be assumed that it is the genuine slipcase.

The plates were printed in Japan in 1964 and 1965. The text pages were printed, and the book was bound, in Germany.

Issued in:

USA by Crown publishers, New York 1964 with preface by Harrison E. Salisbury
Italy by Silvana editoriale d’arte 1964 with preface by Harrison E. Salisbury
Japan by Zokeisha, Tokyo 1964 (issued without dust jacket)
Germany by Nannen Verlag GmbH / Die Zeit Bücher 1965 with preface by (German novelist and poet) Helmut Heißenbüttel

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Hard cover with dust jacket

190 pages (including additional page)

App. 26.2 x 35.1cm

German edition published by Nannen Verlag GmbH / Die Zeit Bücher 1965, slipcase back and front

German edition published by Nannen Verlag GmbH / Die Zeit Bücher 1965, dust jacket back and front

German edition published by Nannen Verlag GmbH / Die Zeit Bücher 1965, cover back and front

Additional page with personal dedication by the publisher and the editor in chief of Die Zeit, with printed signatures. (Only with copies sent to friends of die Zeit as Christmas presents)

German edition published by Nannen Verlag GmbH / Die Zeit Bücher 1965, title pages

 

 

William Klein, MOSCOW, 1964 (Japanese edition)

Japanese edition published by Zokeisha, Tokyo 1964,, cover back and front

 

The Japanese edition was published in 1964 by Zokeisha, Tokyo

Hard cover

190 pages

App. 26.5 x 35.3 cm

 

Japanese edition published by Zokeisha, Tokyo 1964, title pages

 

 

William Klein, MOSCA, 1964 (Italian edition)

Italian edition published by Silvana editoriale d’arte 1964, dust jacket back and front

 

The Italian edition was published in 1964 by Silvana editoriale d’arte – Milano

The original sales price in Italy 1964 was 10.000 Lire today app. 52 Euros.

Introduction by Harrison E. Salisbury (Text in Italian)

Hard cover with dust jacket

196 pages

App. 25.9 x 35.4 cm

 

Italian edition published by Silvana editoriale d’arte 1964, cover back and front

Italian edition published by Silvana editoriale d’arte 1964, title pages

 

 

 

William Klein, MOSCOW, 1964 (US edition)

 

William Klein, Moscow, Crown Publishers Inc., New York 1964 dust jacket back and front

 

 

Hard cover with dust jacket

188 pages

App. 26.2 x 35.4cm

 

William Klein, Moscow, Crown Publishers Inc., New York 1964 cover back and front

William Klein, Moscow, Crown Publishers Inc., New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Klein, MOSCOW, (c.1964) (Dummy or sample book?)

 

Dummy or sample book, Cover back and front

 

This dummy or sample book was presumably produced by or for Crown publishers as ‘Crown’ is clearly visible on the spine. All text pages are blank. In fact, all printed sheets which would have contained writing are simply blank pages. This obviously includes sheets which in the final book also contained images, so in some cases pictures are entirely missing or only half a double-page is shown. The typeface used on the cover and spine varies from the final published version.

It was produced without dust jacket, so the design was printed directly on the cover.

Hard cover

188 pages

App. 26.2 x 35.4cm

 

Dummy or sample book, pages

Dummy or sample book, pages

Dummy or sample book, pages

Dummy or sample book, pages

Dummy or sample book, pages

 

 

William Klein, Moscow editions (From bottom to top). German edition – Nannen Verlag trade edition with slipcase, German – Nannen Verlag Christmas present edition, Italian edition – Silvana Editoriale d’Arte edition, US edition – Crown Publishers, Crown Publishers “dummy”, Japanese edition – Zokeisha, Tokyo.

 

 

 


Discover William Klein’s other “city” books click on the cover image:

William Klein, New York

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William Klein, Rome

William Klein, TOKYO, 1964

William Klein, TOKYO, 1964