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The very scarce 1971 hardbound first issue of Griffiths’ masterpiece (rumored to be numbered at about 200 copies), was crucial in changing public opinion toward the war in Vietnam.
Vietnam, Inc. Photographs and text by Philip Jones Griffiths., New York and Collier-Macmillan, London, 1971. 223 pp. First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Griffiths, ‘For Howard**/with sincere thanks’. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket [the hb edition is thought to be limited to just 200 copies; distributed to members of Congress and . other prominent public figures]. Black-and-white reproductions.
Laid in are 5 contemporary photo copies of documents related to the book’s publication: an internal Macmillan Co. memo from editor Samuel Stewart + four letters of support for Griffiths book, addressed to Stewart, from the following: playwright Arthur Miller; Congresswoman Bella Abzug; Senator Frank Church and the prominent physician Benjamin Spock.
**This copy comes from the estate of the late Howard Sandum, the acquisitions editor at Macmillan who helped publish the book. In 1962 Sandum joined Macmillan in New York at the behest of publisher Jeremiah Kaplan, initially as an assistant editor of religious books and trade paperbacks. At Macmillan he revived the former trade paperback division, dealing with more than 800 unfulfilled book contracts and reformulating the division’s assumptions, procedures and expectations. He served simultaneously as editor-in-chief and as a Macmillan senior acquisitions editor, pioneering closer collaboration in hardcover/trade paperback acquisitions.
1st Edition, 1st Printing. Inscribed and signed by Philip Jones Griffiths
Fine / Fine: A tight, clean copy with slight edge wear to boards. Dust Jacket with one tiny tear to rear panel of jacket (about 2 mm.)