New York: Duell, Sloan & Pierce, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto size, 127 pp. Near fine / very good. Item #18031702
Edward Henry Weston (1886-1958) was an American photographer, known for his focus on the American West; he has been called "one of the most innovative and influential American photographers…" and "one of the masters of 20th century photography" (N.B., quotes from Wiki). The work in this volume is taken from 1937-1939, when a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation allowed him to devote two years to photography full-time (the first time the Guggenheim was awarded to a photographer). The text was written by his lover and model whom he eventually married, Charis Wilson (1914-2009). The images in this book include shots from California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and New Mexico: desert vistas, ocean settings, mountains, abandoned buildings, fields, rivers, rain clouds, snowy mountains, roads, farms, forests, and even a couple of portraits. This collection was hugely popular when it was published, and Edward Weston continues to be a celebrated figure in the history of American photography.
___DESCRIPTION: Original glossy black cloth stamped in silver to upper board and backstrip, first edition stated on copyright page, ninety-six glossy black and white photographic reproductions bound into six separate sections within the book, map page towards the back showing the states wherein Weston photographed; quarto size (11.5" by 10.75"), [1-12] 13-127 pp., first edition. The dust jacket shows the original price of $3.75, has bios of Edward on the front flap and Charis on the back flap, the panels and spine in grey with a photograph of "Moonstone Beach" by Weston on the front panel, lettering in white, a photograph of "Edward Weston at Work" by Ansel Adams on the back panel, white lettering on the spine.
___CONDITION: Volume overall near fine, the cloth boards clean, the silver gilt lettering bright and unrubbed, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, the only prior owner marking being a tasteful bookplate on the front pastedown; a bit of rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and a shallow dent to the fore-edge of the rear board; near fine. The dust jacket very good, entire with minor overall wear and a few spots of soiling, a chip at the head of the spine (no loss of text), minor loss at the tail of the spine. The entire very good plus to near fine.
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