New collectible: Ed van der Elsken – Bagara

Ed van der Elsken - BagaraNew in our Collectible catalogue:

Ed van der Elsken – Bagara

In 1956/57 Van der Elsken travelled through the interior of Central Africa on the equator. A selection of the thousands of photographs he took during that journey was published by De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam in 1958, most of them printed black and white. Bagara means ‘buffalo’, an animal which – according to Van der Elsken – personifies the savagery and vitality of Africa. Designed by Jurriaan Schrofer, the book presents a brutally honest insight into life and death in Central Africa at the time. Bagara counts as one of Van der Elsken’s major publications; an exhibition devoted to Bagara was organised by Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem in 2004.

This particular copy of the sought-after first printing is fine: no damage or ownership marks. It comes with a copy of the accompanying text booklet by Van der Elsken and Jan Vrijman slipped into the dustjacket. The dustjacket itself shows some staining and wear and has a small tear. Read more & order