New York: Rapoport Printing, Inc. / Larry Clark, ; 1987. A striking pair of Clark's highly-regarded documentary photobooks, depicting "youthful alienation as a full-time way of life, with little or no way back into society. His documentation of communes in Tulsa, where serious drug-taking rated higher than casual sex on the activities list, extended the boundaries of acceptable subject matter for photographers...Its success amongst the photographic community was due largely to its perceived authenticity. Clark lived with these kids, did drugs with them, slept with them and included himself in the photographs. It was a true photo-diary, turning the documentary mode around" (Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol.1, p.260). Both volumes signed by Clark, and inscribed to Hunter Thompson by his friend and neighbor Anthony Yerkovich, the creator and executive producer of Miami Vice, who lived up the hill from Thompson in Woody Creek. After Thompson's arrest on drug charges in 1990, it was Yerkovich who founded the Hunter S. Thompson Legal Defense Committee. A fitting gift for Thompson - together, Clark's books form a tangible reminder of Thompson's fast-paced, drug-laced lifestyle, and his lifelong immersion in the seamy underbelly of American society. Item #4546
1. Tulsa. New York: Rapoport Printing, Inc. for Larry Clark, 1971 [but 1979]. First Hardcover Edition, bound by Clark using leftover sheets from the First Edition. Quarto (31.25cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in silver on spine; dustjacket; pp; illus. Hunter S. Thompson's copy, inscribed to him by Tony Yerkovich on the front endpaper: "Hunter, Some scenes from your post-adolescence. You poor child. Merry Christmas, 1990 / Tony Yerkovich." Additionally signed by Clark in black ink on the title page. Fine in a Very Good+ dustjacket, with some light shelfwear, and a half-dozen closed tears along upper edge.
2. Teenage Lust. New York: Larry Clark, 1987. Second Edition. Quarto (29cm); photo-illustrated card wrappers; pp; illus. Hunter S. Thompson's copy, lengthily inscribed to him by Tony Yerkovich across the upper half of the title page: "The young couple on the cover, when photographed, were travelling at one hundred miles an hour in the back seat of a Chevrolet, on a highway in Oklahoma. If you travel in the fast lane long enough, you're bound to get fucked. Merry Christmas, Hunter / 1990 / Tony Yerkovich." Additionally signed by Clark in black ink along lower margin of title page. Light wear to wrappers, gentle sunning to spine, with a small rubbed spot to front wrapper, and a 1" scuff at lower margin of rear; a few faint vertical creases to spine; Very Good+. Both volumes housed in a custom drop-backed case.