FIRST EDITION of Sander’s classic, one of the most influential photobooks of the early twentieth-century. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY SANDER.August Sander “was part of a coterie of photographers who established the photographic book as an aesthetically and commercially viable art form in the 1920s. Though Sander had published one such book in 1924, Unsere Heimat, Hannover, it was the 1929 publication of Antlitz der Zeit (The Face of Our Time) that propelled him into enduring fame” (Warren, Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography). “Many of his classic images are included in this seminal photobook, and the essential qualities of Sander’s vision can be seen. He took typical examples of professions, trades and social classes in Weimar Germany, and photographed them in their familiar environments in order to build up, piece by piece, a dispassionate image of the ‘face’ of society… One of his work’s miracles is how, despite his nominal objectivity, his political view shines through… His work is not neutral. It is not just penetrating, but was seen as positively dangerous, a little too acute in its analysis of society and class, by those with certain vested interests. This is made clear by the fact that when the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, publisher’s copies of Antlitz der Zeit were seized, the plates destroyed, and the negatives confiscated by Hitler’s Ministry of Culture” (The Photobook, I.124). Roth 52. Quarto. Original yellow cloth, original dust jacket. Signed and inscribed by Sander. Scarce original dust jacket with small chips at spine ends and extremities, and significant tears with loss at bottom portion of spine and front cover and at top of dust jacket rear (1"x4"). 
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DELUXE SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, WITH EXTRA SUITE OF 16 COLOR PLATES. Viking Press, New York, 1976. One of 175 signed, specially bound, with 108 full color plates. FINE COPY. With 16 superb color prints in card folder with mounted portrait. Original black cloth clamshell box. Copies with all 16 color plates present are rare. A SUPERB COPY. SOLD.

Avedon, Richard; Brodkey, Harold (Introductory Essay) Photographs 1947-1977, FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY RICHARD AVEDON

"Avedon gravitates to those moments in which the oscillation between pretense and revelation is most intense. The subject of any of his photographs is likely to show in part isolation or grotesquerie, courage to the point of madness, isolation-and-defiance or sly amusement, desolation and wit, pride and sterility, pride and triumph. Victories, defeats mingle in the same moment sometimes or on adjoining pages..." –Harold Brodkey (from the Introductory Essay)FIRST EDITION. A spectacular production illustrated with Avedon's  photographs of Lauren Bacall, Joan Baez, Bridget Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Anjelica Houston, Janis Joplin, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Yves Saint Laurent, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Vreeland and many more. A near fine copy with the original acetate jacket in very good condition with wear and chip at the top of the spine. An excellent copy signed and inscribed by Avedon. SOLD.


FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ."I hate the word 'celebrity.' I've always been more interested in what people do than who they are, and I hope that my photographs reflect that. I have the opportunity to work with people who are the best actors, and writers, and athletes, and dancers--a broad spectrum. I feel like I'm photographing people who matter, in one way or another. I'm photographing my time."–Annie Leibovitz, in an interview with Literal MagazineFolio, original photo-pictorial boards, original glassine. Minor tears at extremities of rear glassine wrapper. A lovely copy.


"Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. (I try to act in that gap between the two.)" –Robert RauschenbergFIRST EDITION, BOLDLY SIGNED BY ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG. Original orange cloth, original dust jacket. With 200 illustrations including 92 color plates. 

Audubon, John James John James Audubon's THE BIRDS OF AMERICA

American Heritage Publishing Co., New York, 1966. First edition. Folio. Two volumes. With an introduction by Marshall B. Davidson. Reproduced in color for the first time from the collection at the New York Historical Society. Both volumes fine in publisher's slipcase.

ARMSTRONG, WALTER Sir Joshua Reynolds

FIRST EDITION, limited to 1110 copies. "Sir Walter Armstrong's large and richly illustrated work "Sir Joshua Reynolds (1900) treats the subject exhaustively, and contains a complete descriptive catalogue and directory of Reynolds's works – portraits and subject pictures – arranged in alphabetical order." – Estelle M. Hurll Folio. Cloth. Book. With 78 photogravures and 6 color lithographs. Original red cloth. Moderate soiling to cloth. Occasional minor foxing. A very appealing copy of this beautiful volume.

GOLDIN, NAN The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

"I sometimes don't know how I feel about someone until I take his or her picture" –Nan Goldin FIRST EDITION. Oblong quarto. Original cloth, original photographic dust jacket. 

AESOP (c.620-560 B.C.) & Charles H. Bennett (Illustrator) AESOP'S FABLES, Illustrated with 24 HAND-COLORED ENGRAVINGS

"The Design which forms the Frontispiece to this book, and which is therefore presumed to be somewhat typical of the intention of Fable, represents Man tried at the Court of the Lion for the ill-treatment of a Horse. It will be seen that Man has the worst of it..." Quarto. Hand-colored wood-engraved frontispiece, title and 22 plates by Swain after Charles Bennett. Finely bound in near-contemporary maroon calf. Light wear to spine and extremities; internally clean and nearly fine. A handsome and very appealing copy.


FIRST EDITION. Text by the poet Claude Roy. Superbly illustrated with reproductions of Strand's photographs. Quarto, photo illustrated dust jacket over stiff wrappers; outer glassine dust jacket. A fine copy. 

NORTHCOTE, J.SPENCER AND BROWNLOW, W.R Roma Sotterranea or some Account of the Roman Catacomb especially of the Cemetery of San Callisto

First Edition. This work is based on De Rossi's celebrated Roma Sotterranea (1864-77). Octavo. Original blind stamped purple cloth with gilt decoration to front board and spine. Spine quite faded with minor wear at head and heal; Bookplate to front pastedown. Text clean and complete with folding atlas inserted in pocket at rear; 20 chromolithographs and numerous woodcut text illustrations. An attractive, solid copy.

BRETON, ANDRE Anthologie de l'Humour Noir

INSCRIBED BY BRETON TO MONIQUE FONG WUST. The 1950 limited edition. Quarto, original wrappers; glassine. Front wrapper detached, pages toned as usual; generally clean throughout. 

GELL, SIR WILLIAM Pompeiana. Topography, Edifices and Ornaments of Pompeii, the results of excavations since 1819

First expanded edition. The one volume edition of 1817-19 was written by John P. Gandy and illustrated by Gell. Excavations continued throughout the 1820s. The 1832 edition was written by Gell himself and covers the recent excavations. “Pompeiana, published in 1817-19 brought the first comprehensive account of the excavations to English-speaking readers... Numerous editions issued over the next six decades influenced popular culture through a skillful illumination of fact with lively pictorial images. The first edition is a topographical tour covering major public and domestic structures... while the revised sequel of 1832.. presents the results of recent exploration, in the course of which a number of spectacular residences and baths were uncovered. Bringing to light noteworthy examples of mythological paintings, excavations carried out during the 1820s opened a window into the living quarters of Romans whose libraries and walls were replete with the texts and images of classical mythology.” –Claire L. Lyons and Marica Reed, Antiquity Recovered: The Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum Imperial octavo. Two volumes. (17x26.5cm) Contemporary silken green cloth with gilt labels to spine. Complete with 87 full page plates. With an additional 30 vignettes tipped on india. Untrimmed. Minor foxing to preliminaries; an excellent set in an attractive early binding.


FIRST HARDCOVER EDITION, SIGNED BY LARRY CLARK, fully illustrated with reproductions of Clark's raw photographs. "I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1943. When I was sixteen I started shooting amphetamine. I shot with my friends everyday for three years and then left town but I've gone back through the years. Once the needle goes in it never comes out."“The initial shock of Tulsa was that it was photographed from inside the story, and this changed everything.” –Andrew Roth, The Book of 101 PhotobooksClark's groundbreaking first book was originally issued as a paperback in 1971. Quarto, original cloth, original dust jacket. Fine condition.


LIMITED EDITION, 1/100 COPIES SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY LEVINTHAL, ISSUED WITH A PHOTOGRAPH. Essay by Manthia Diawara."Levinthal's work is important because it confronts us with the Blackface stereotype, makes it speak to us directly, without an intermediary, and demands a response from us regardless of our race, age, or gender."–Manthia DiawaraQuarto, stamped black cloth; in a stamped red cloth box. Cibachrome print, 10x8 inches, with Levinthal's signature on verso; framed. 1999.


"A seminal statement in the history and theory of architecture... one of the defining texts of postmodernism" – Aaron Vinegar, I Am a Monument: On Learning from Las Vegas FIRST EDITION of this landmark work. "We should not emphasize the ironic richness of banality in today's artistic context at the expense of discussing its appropriateness and inevitability on a wider basis."Folio. Original gilt-lettered blue cloth, original glassine dust jacket. Book fine; original glassine jacket with chips at spine ends and base of upper wrapper. A very good copy. 

WEEGEE Naked City

SIGNED AND INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Illustrated with photogravure reproductions of Weegee's photographs of New York City.Quarto. Original cloth, original photo-pictorial dust jacket. Significant chips and creases to fragile dust jacket. Rare signed. 


"The grandfather of pictorial histories, this mammoth work is a necessary part of any Civil War library. The work contains 3,389 images that constitute an important source on the war's appearance—its battlefields, common soldiers, officers, forts, diseases, camp scenes, army movements, and materiel." Eicher, The Civil War in Books 771."The greatest single collection of Brady illustrations" (Allan Nevins). The Mathew Brady photographs represent the first instance of a comprehensive photo-documentation of a war. New York: The Review of Reviews, 1911. Quarto, original blue cloth gilt. Ten volumes. An exceptional set, gilt uncommonly bright. Only occasional trivial wear to bindings. Very rare in this condition.


FIRST EDITION.  Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. A fine copy in an excellent dust jacket. Very minor wear at spine ends. Errata slip present. An excellent copy. 


"American Prospects brought a new respect for color photography and a deeper understanding of American complexity." –Roth, 101 BooksFIRST EDITION of Sternfeld’s first and most celebrated photobook, illustrated with fifty-five color photographs. “Joel Sternfeld travelled the country for around eight years with a 8x10 view camera and colour film, a sojourn that produced his first and best-known book, American Prospects... The particular quality brought by Sternfeld to the 8x10 colour-landscape aesthetic... is a clear sense of narrative... In American Prospects, each picture suggests an arcane drama being played out—an elephant stranded on a road in Oregon, or a pumpkin stall in Virginia behind which a house burns fiercely. These narrative hints are suggestive, sly, often ironic, frequently mysterious, making American Prospects less a series of photographs than a series of tales—unfinished, elliptical certainly—that add up to a cogent and persuasive view of America...” (Parr/Badger, The Photobook). Roth 260.New York: Times Books, in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 1987. Oblong quarto (255x302mm), original gray cloth, original photographic dust jacket. A hint of bowing to boards, otherwise book and dust jacket fine.


FIRST EDITION in English, beautifully illustrated with 104 plates (64 in full color), and TWO ORIGINAL COLOR LITHOGRAPHS done expressly for this edition.  "All the time I was working, I felt my father and my mother were looking over my shoulder, and behind them were Jews, millions of other vanished Jews of yesterday and a thousand years ago." –Chagall, on the creation of The Jerusalem Windows Chagall's Jerusalem Windows illustrates and chronicles the creation of the famous twelve stained glass windows, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel, designed by Chagall for the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center Synagogue in Jerusalem. Text and Notes by Jean Leymarie. Original red cloth, original pictorial dust jacket. Without the rarely seen publisher's slipcase. Book fine, dust jacket near-fine with only a little edgewear. 

LEVITT, HELEN Way of Seeing

FIRST EDITION. Oblong octavo. Original cloth, original pictorial dust jacket. With an essay by James Agee and Levitt's black and white street photographs. A fine copy. 


LIMITED EDITION, WITH TWO SIGNED COLOR ETCHINGS BY MAX ERNST, and 25 additional color lithographs; one of only 250 copies (out of a total edition of 320). An evocative collaboration between the surrealist poet Prevert and the surrealist artist Ernst. The Livre d'Artiste in the Twentieth Century 46. Large folio, loose as issued in original lithographed paper wrappers; original buckram clamshell box. Fraying to box edges, some foxing to wrappers; interior and plates fine.

NARAHARA, IKKO Where Time Has Vanished

FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY NARAHARA TO ALLEN PORTER, AN INFLUENTIAL EDITOR OF CAMERA MAGAZINE. Illustrated throughout with reproductions of Narahara's stunning photographs. "To Dear Allan Porter / Ikko / in Tokyo May 31 1975" Square folio, printed cloth-backed boards; matching slipcase. Some loss of gilt lettering to spine; light spotting on rear cover. Clean throughout. A superb assocation. 

BALTZ, LEWIS The New Industrial Parks near Irvine, California. Das Neue Industriegelände in Der Nähe Von Irvine, Kalifornien

A PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF BALTZ'S SEMINAL WORK. “Baltz's pictures are object-images, physical presences themselves, not representations of things. Although they are signs of real-world objects, they are also independent, archetypal forms...they have an inevitability, an inscrutability, a permanence, even a stateliness. His images demand more than contemplation and delectation: they demand reckoning.” - Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American ArtBaltz’s New Industrial Parks is one of the greatest and most influential works of landscape photography of the 20th century, and the key monograph of the New Topographics movement. New York: Leo Castelli, 1974. Quarto, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book fine, dust jacket near fine with tape repair to jacket verso. PROVENANCE: Peter C. Bunnell's ownership stamp on front free endpaper. Professor Bunnell is the McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art Emeritus at Princeton University. Includes presentation note from Baltz on Professor Bunnell's stationary. 


FIRST EDTION, THE EXTREMELY RARE HARDCOVER ISSUE; one of an estimated fifty copies bound for presentation. “[T]his is an almost perfect monograph. It begins and ends with Sommer’s exquisite abstractions, and includes some of the best examples of Sommer’s work in portraiture, collage, landscape, and still life to date. Every two-page spread reveals something more about the images through their juxtaposition. And then there is the text. It is very unusual to have writing at this level, uninfected with either sentimentality or pomposity, from an American photographer, but what’s more unusual is to have an artist who makes images and text and can combine them in a way that deepens and extends the effects of each. This early enactment of Sommer’s ideas about the workings of linguistic and pictorial logic is a gem” (David Levi Strauss. The Book of 101 Books). Roth 101.Complete with 30 black and white photographs. New York: Aperture, 1962. Small folio (235x205mm), original white cloth with black lettering. Only a few spots of soiling to cloth. A magnificent copy. 


First edition (cloth issue) SIGNED by Lyon. Book fine (without remainder mark), dust jacket with small tear at heel of spine, small closed tear to top of front panel, faint crease to front flap. 


FIRST EDITION, with the original dust jacket. Inscribed and presented by the legendary Hugh Edwards, one of the most influential curators of photography in America. Edwards was one of the first curators to grant Evans solo exhibitions and is credited with elevating the Art Institute of Chicago’s department of photography to world class status.The identity of the recipient, Bobby Evans, is unknown. The inscription includes a lengthy quotation from Thomas Wolfe’s Of Time and the River.Small quarto, original black cloth, original dust jacket. Book near fine with a light spotting to a some plates, dust jacket very good; spine slightly toned; some wear with loss at spine head. A very good copy with a distinguished provenance. 

CAVALIERI, GIOVANNI BATTISTA DE Pontificum romanorum Effigies

FIRST EDITION of Cavalieri's Papal portraits. "[Cavalieri] was probably the single most significant figure of the whole sixteenth century to make visually accessible to a wide public throughout Europe the past personalities and glories of his adopted city.” –Francis Haskell Octavo, 19th century half calf over boards. This issue with an additional gathering a4 and engraved arms of Cavalieri on verso of final leaf, engraved title, engraving of St Peter on a8 verso, second engraved title on [A]1 recto, 230 numbered engraved portraits of the popes, no. 112 in facsimile (pasted); tear on 147-156 neatly repaired without loss, a few light stains.

WINCKELMANN, JOHANN JOACHIM Geschichte der Kunst des Alterthums

FIRST EDITION. "With the publication of his masterpiece, the 'History of the Art of the Ancients', his fame had become widespread. This was indeed the first work in the German language to achieve universal acclaim. Winckelmann had drawn attention for the first time to the importance of Greek ideals for the modern world, and, with his unique acquaintance with the surviving examples of classical art, amplified by wide and specialized reading, his authority was unquestioned" (PMM). “Winckelmann’s History had a remarkable impact for a scholarly antiquarian publication. It presented a comprehensive synthesis of available knowledge about the visual artefacts of the ancient world... Four main sculptural traditions were discussed in detail – the ancient Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman. What particularly caught the imagination of Winckelmann’s contemporaries, however, and still assures the book a place among the classics of art history, is what Winckelmann himself envisaged as its core, the eloquent and hugely ambitious attempt to redefine the history and aesthetics of the ancient Greek tradition. –Alex Potts, Flesh and the Ideal: Winckelmann and the Origins of the History“[Winckelmann’s] magnum opus is in a class apart, for it completely revolutionized the study of art by treating it organically (Winckelmann was the first to do so) as part of the growth of the human race” –E.M. Butler Quarto. Beautifully bound in recent full sprinkled calf, elaborate gilt tooling to boards, elaborately gilt spine in 6 compartments. Title skillfully mounted, occasional toning and scattered foxing throughout. [With:] Anmerkungen ber die Geschichte der Kunst des Alterthums. Dresden: Waltherische Hof-Buchhandlung, 1764 and 1767. 2 works in 4 volumes bound in one. (The text of Anmerkungen ber die Geschichte der Kunst des Alterthums is quite toned, much more so than the primary volume.)

ATGET, EUGENE Atget Photgraphe de Paris

“For many among us Atget’s Paris is now no more than a memory whose delicacy is already mysterious. It is worth all the books written on the subject, and without doubt will inspire others.” –Pierre Mac Orlan“Whether or not, as some commentators have asserted, Atget is being distorted here, and a journeyman documentary photographer has been miscast as a modernist, one thing is quite clear: the selection was made with the best of intentions, out of respect for the old man’s work, and it show precisely how it spoke to a younger generation of photographers. By that criterion it is an excellent selection, containing many wonderful pictures and giving exquisite visual pleasure – the most striking images from more than thirty years spent documenting the streets, buildings, parks and gardens of Old Paris” (The Photobook, I. 127). Roth, 60.Original red moire cloth, cover and spine lettered in gilt with rare cardboard slipcase and custom leather bound slipcase. A fine copy.


FIRST EDITION. THE RARE DELUXE ISSUE: 1 OF 100 SIGNED COPIES WITH A SIGNED AND NUMBERED POLAROID. This copy numbered 80. Quarto. Color and black and white photographs throughout. Polaroid, signed ("LS") and numbered ("80/100") in original glassine sleeve. (Edges lightly toned.) Original pictorial cloth, front cover with embossed lettering, and centered with a mounted color photograph. A FINE COPY.

WINCKELMANN, JOHNANN JOACHIM "A pioneering work in the field of archaeological methodology"

FIRST EDITION, illustrated with 208 beautiful copper-plate engravings and numerous in-text illustrations and vignettes.Winckelmann is best known for his monumental Geschichte der Kunst des Altertums (History of the Art of Antiquity, 1764), which enjoyed tremendous popular success and permanently reshaped aesthetic criticism. The Monuments, his last published work, stands by itself as "a masterpiece of interpretation and explanation" and "a pioneering work in the field of archaeological methodology" (Catholic Encyclopedia; Lappmann).  Significantly, it is also the only one of Winckelmann's works published in his lifetime to be extensively illustrated.  Folio, contemporary vellum with original red leather label, decorated endpapers. Two volumes in one. Text in Italian. Bookplates. Light wear to binding, very small library number on dedication leaf, small tear to endpaper. Occasional light foxing. Plates very clean. A superb, wide-margined copy in contemporary vellum of the beautifully-illustrated first edition.