William Klein, ROMA / ROME, 1959

UK. edition, Dust jacket back and front

UK edition published by Vista Books, London, Edward Hulton 1959, dust jacket back and front

 

William Klein, ROMA / ROME, 1959 (UK edition)

Rome, the second in William Klein’s ‘city series’ books, came into existence purely through circumstance. In 1956, shortly after moving to Paris, American-born photographer Klein met Italian director Federico Fellini and presented him with his first book Life is good and good for you in New York. Fellini confessed to Klein that he already owned a copy, which he even kept by his bedside. Fellini invited Klein to Rome to work as an assistant on his upcoming movie Le notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria). Shooting was delayed for a few weeks, so Klein took to the streets and pointed his camera at The city and its people. The resulting images, together with a couple of  fashion pictures Klein shot for Vogue, became ROME. The book is divided into five chapters: Cittadini di Roma (Citizens of Rome), La Strada (The street), Città eterna (eternal city), Ragazzi (boys), Mondo cattolico (Catholic world). Each chapter is introduced with text and accompanied by small pictorial snippets of ephemera, snapshots and illustrations. The images themselves are pure Klein, demonstrating once again his ability to take seemingly stereotypical subjects and create something new, through his idiosyncratic visual language.

Captions (in English) by William Klein.
Rome quotes (in English) by Federico Fellini, Belli, Taine, Michelet, Pier Paolo Passolini, Leopardi, Cocteau, Albert Moracia, G. Savonarola, Stendhal, G. G. Belli, Henry James, Mark Twain, President du Paty, Goethe, and others.

Printed in France and issued in

UK by Vista Books, London, Edward Hulton 1959
USA by The Viking Press / New York 1959
France by Éditions du Seuil / album Petite Planète 3, Paris 1959
Italy by Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, Milano 1959

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Hard cover with dust jacket

22.5 x 28.3cm

196 pages including printed front and end papers

Cover back and front

UK edition published by Vista Books, London, Edward Hulton 1959, cover back and front

Front papers

UK edition published by Vista Books, London, Edward Hulton 1959, front papers

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Page 174/175 with glued in correction slip

Page 174/175 with glued-in correction slip

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William Klein, ROMA / ROME, 1959 (Italian edition)

Italian edition, dust jacket back and front

Italian edition published by Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, Milano 1959, dust jacket back and front

 

The Italian edition of William Klein’s ROME / ROMA is identical in size and design to the other editions.
Captions (in French) by William Klein.
Rome quotes (in Italian & French) by Federico Fellini, Belli, Taine, Michelet, Pier Paolo Passolini, Leopardi, Cocteau, Albert Moracia, G. Savonarola, Stendhal, G. G. Belli, Henry James, Mark Twain, President du Paty, Goethe, and others.

Published by Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, Milano 1959

Hard cover with dust jacket

22.5 x 28.3cm

196 pages including printed front and end papers

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Italian edition published by Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, Milano 1959, cover back and front

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Italian edition published by Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, Milano 1959, front papers

 

 

William Klein, ROMA ROME, 1959 (French edition)

French edition dust jacket back and front

French edition published by Éditions du Seuil / album Petite Planète 3, Paris 1959, dust jacket back and front

 

The French edition of William Klein’s ROME / ROMA is identical in size and design to the other editions.
Captions (in French) by William Klein.
Rome quotes (in Italian & French) by Federico Fellini, Belli, Taine, Michelet, Pier Paolo Passolini, Leopardi, Cocteau, Albert Moracia, G. Savonarola, Stendhal, G. G. Belli, Henry James, Mark Twain, President du Paty, Goethe, and others.

Published by Éditions du Seuil / album Petite Planète 3, Paris 1959

Hard cover with dust jacket

22.5 x 28.3cm

196 pages including printed front and end papers

 

French edition published by Éditions du Seuil / album Petite Planète 3, Paris 1959, cover back and front

French edition published by Éditions du Seuil / album Petite Planète 3, Paris 1959, cover back and front

French edition published by Éditions du Seuil / album Petite Planète 3, Paris 1959, title pages

French edition published by Éditions du Seuil / album Petite Planète 3, Paris 1959, title pages

 

 

 

William Klein, ROMA / ROME: THE CITY AND ITS PEOPLE, 1959 (US edition)

US edition published by The Viking Press, New York 1959, dust jacket back and front

US edition published by The Viking Press, New York 1959, dust jacket back and front

US edition published by The Viking Press, New York 1959, cover back and front

US edition published by The Viking Press, New York 1959, cover back and front

US edition published by The Viking Press, New York 1959, front papers

US edition published by The Viking Press, New York 1959, front papers

US edition published by The Viking Press, New York 1959, title pages

US edition published by The Viking Press, New York 1959, title pages

 

 

UK edition by Vista Books, London, Edward Hulton, Italian edition by Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, Milano, French edition by Éditions du Seuil / album Petite Planète 3, Paris, US edition by The Viking Press / New York, (from top to bottom)

UK edition by Vista Books, London, Edward Hulton, Italian edition by Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, Milano, French edition by Éditions du Seuil / album Petite Planète 3, Paris, US edition by The Viking Press / New York (from top to bottom)

 

William Klein, ROMA + KLEIN, 2009

Slipcase back and front

Republication by Contrasto due Srl., Italy 2009, slipcase back and front

 

William Klein’s book ROME + KLEIN  appeared fifty years after the first edition of his book ROME, and is an interesting concept in republication. Italian publisher Contrasto presents a revised and extended version of this iconic photobook. It is larger in format and divided into two volumes housed in a plastic slipcase. The text (which in the original was spread throughout the book), along with the smaller images and illustrations, forms the first volume. The second book contains Klein’s photographs. In this volume a sixth chapter entitled MODA (Fashion) has been added. (The 1959 version contains only two fashion photographs.)
All images are presented in full bleed throughout the book. Some have alternative crops owing to the difference in proportions of this new publication. The plastic slipcase has the original cover design of the 1959 dust jacket.

2 pages introduction (in Italian) by William Klein

Published 2009 in
Italy by Contrasto due Srl,
USA by Aperture, New York
UK by Thames & Hudson Ltd. London

2 hard cover books in plastic slipcase

48 pages (book of text)

25.3 x 34.8cm

148 pages (book of photography)

Textbook & book front

Italian republication by Contrasto due Srl., Italy 2009, book 1 (text) & book 2 (images) front

Textbook & book back

Italian republication by Contrasto due Srl., Italy 2009, book 1 (text) and book 2 (images) back

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US republication by Aperture 2009, book 1 (text) and book 2 (images) front

 

 

 

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