New York: Aperture/ A New Images Book, 1988. Ann Beattie (introduction). First Edition. First Printing. Hardcover. Very Rare. USED - Good/ Very Good. Off-white cloth boards with black lettering to spine. Textured beige endpapers. Light bumps along top edges of boards. A few spots of foxing to spine tips. Spine tail is lightly bumped. LIght edgewear. Edges of text block foxed, especially top edge. Patches of foxing to prelimary and introduction pages. Prior owner's name in ink to bottom corner of FFEP, otherwise clean, unmarked and bright. Binding tight, square and sturdy. Corners sharp. B/W plates. 24.3 x 28 cm. 53 pp. / Good/ Very Good. Price-clipped. Minor edgewear. Lightly toned/ foxed, mostly to top portions of flaps and interior. Overall very nicely preserved. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #15309
At Twelve is Sally Mann’s revealing, collective portrait of twelve-year-old girls on the verge of adulthood. To be young and female in America is a time of tremendous excitement and social possibilities; it is a trying time as well, caught between childhood and adulthood, when the difference is not entirely understood. As Ann Beattie writes in her perceptive introduction, “These girls still exist in an innocent world in which a pose is only a pose—what adults make of that pose may be the issue.” The consequences of this misunderstanding can be real: destitution, abuse, unwanted pregnancy. The young women in Mann’s unflinching, large-format photographs, however, are not victims. They return the viewer’s gaze with a disturbing equanimity. Poet Jonathan Williams writes, “Sally Mann’s girls are the ones who do the hard looking in At Twelve—be up to it!”.