ESPADA, Frank. Race Track: A Photographic Impression. New York: Self-published, 1959. First Edition. Spiral-bound oblong quarto. Handmade book by photographer Frank Espada documenting opening day at the Aqueduct racetrack, 1959. One of two known copies; the other likely lost. SIGNED and dated by Espada. Illustrated with 21 vintage silver gelatin photographs of the daily vagaries of the track. Espada did not have access to a dark room; the photographs printed by his friend Dave Heath. $20,000
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