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Author: Berenice Abbott (photographs) / Henry W. Lanier (text)
Title: Greenwich Village – Today & Yesterday
Publisher: Harper & Brothers Publishers/New York
Year: 1949 (first edition)
8vo, hardcover, black cloth, photographically illustrated dust jacket.
162 pages, including 64 pages of Abbott’s black-and-white photographs.
In this book, Abbott and Lanier portray the uniqueness of Greenwich Village, exploring its topographical, social, cultural and financial features. Both the photographs and the text express the specificity of the village swallowed by a constantly growing city, “but never digested” by it. As described by the publishers, the village is truly a neighborhood community and its villagers cling tenaciously to this haven of the more leisurely life in the heart of a teeming city.