[Rochester]: Aperture, 1963. First edition, limited cloth issue. 4to. 21 leaves. Original white cloth, lettered in black on upper cover. Some pale spotting, generally tight and sound, the photographs crisp. Item #401618
First edition of Sommer's first book and the first book issued by Aperture in hardcover (it was originally published as Aperture 10:4). The cloth issue was not offered for sale, but distributed to close friends of the publisher and photographer. The cloth issue is rumored to be 50 copies, but it is likely more were produced. "An almost perfect monograph"; "this early enactment of Sommer's ideas about the workings of linguistic and pictorial logic is a gem" (101 Books). 101 Books, pp.162-3; The Open Book, pp.192-3; Roth 162-163.