Ellroy, James; Levinthal, David (1995) ‘My Mother’s Killer’, deluxe limited edition signed by Ellroy and David Levinthal


James Ellroy and David Levinthal (1998) ‘My Mother’s Killer’, deluxe limited edition published by Coromandel Express, Paris.  Limited edition of 55 copies only (this being number 37/55). Comes with six original silver dye bleach prints (dye destruction print, Cibachrome) and one unique hand-painted gelatin silver print. The gelatin silver print (image size 7-1/4 x 9-3/4 inches, paper size 7-3/4 x 9-7/8 inches) is signed and dated verso by Levinthal. The Cibachrome (dye destruction) prints (image size 9-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches, paper size 11-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches) are each signed and dated in the lower margin by Levinthal. The book is numbered and signed in pencil on the limitation page by Levinthal and Ellroy. Hardcover. Custom tri-fold portfolio with mounted gelatin silver print on outer cover (protected with acetate), enclosing loose tri-folded sheets with text and mounted cibachrome prints with acetate overlays. The portfolio is contained in a paper-covered slipcase with tipped-in printed label on front. Photographs by David Levinthal. Short story (in French and English) by James Ellroy. Designed by Olivier Andreotti and Pénélope Monnet. 32 pp. The photographs were printed by Cone-Laumont Editions, Ltd., New York. The book was printed by Julio Soto, Madrid. Slipcase is 13-1/8 x 12-1/8 inches.

Condition: content like new. The outer slipcase has slight shelf wear and spine slight rubbing as pictured. One of those was sold by Sotheby’s for USD 6,250 in April 2017.

James Ellroy is the best living American crime noir writer. His mother was killed when James was only ten years old and the murders case remains unresolved. Ellroy published ‘My Mother’s Killer’ with GQ Magazine in 1994: https://www.gq.com/story/james-ellroy-murder 

David Levinthal is a photographer who has permanent exhibits in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York amongst others.

This is the scarcest of James Ellroy collectables with unique art by David Levinthal, one of the best American modern art photographers.


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