Hastings-on-Hudson: Morgan & Morgan, Inc., 1965 and 1966. Hardcover. Octavo size, both volumes 128 pp., both volumes signed by Ansel Adams on the title page, with separate notes by prior owner. Very Good / Very Good. Item #22032102
Ansel Easton Adams (1902-1984) was noted as possessing, in perfect balance, the skills of both a master photographer and the concerns of a dedicated environmentalist. Most of us have seen Ansel Adams' photographs and have been awed by their beauty; he helped to elevate photography to an art comparable with painting and music, equally capable of expressing emotion and beauty. He told his students, "It is easy to take a photograph, but it is harder to make a masterpiece in photography than in any other art medium" (n.b., info from Wikipedia).
The "Basic Photo" series of instructional books are not at all difficult to find; however, these two volumes made special by being signed (simple signature only, no inscription) by Ansel Adams on the title pages. Loosely laid into "The Negative" are several items which may have been the result of a prior owner visiting and conversing with Adams: (i) one small sheet with "Ansel Adams", below which is written his address and (presumably) telephone number, which indicate a visit had been planned; (ii) three hand-written (not in Adams' hand) notes which appear to be formulas for mixing photographic developer solution; and (iii) a printed sheet (folded once to four pages) from the "Kodak Photographic Notebook" headed "Kodak Ektacolor Professional Film, Type S (Short Exposure)". While we of course can never know, it seems likely that this budding photographer visited Adams, took notes from their conversation, and asked Adams to sign these two books.
___DESCRIPTION: ."The Negative": bound in full, smooth grey cloth over boards, black lettering on the front and spine, signature of Ansel Adams in black ink on the title page above his printed name, replete with reproductions of black-and-white photographs, charts and graphs, vintage bookseller ticket on rear pastedown from "Best's Studio, Yosemite Valley"; octavo size (9.25" by 6 1/8"), pagination: [i-iii] iv-viii, 1-120; the dust jacket with the price of $5.95, "New Revised Edition" on the front panel. "Natural-Light Photography": bound in full rust-coloured cloth, black lettering on the front and spine, signature of Ansel Adams in black ink on the title page beneath his printed name, replete with reproductions of black-and-white photographs, charts and graphs, with the same bookseller's ticket on the rear pastedown; octavo size (9.25" by 6 1/8"), pagination: [i-iii] iv-x, 1-118; the dust jacket with the price of $4.95.
___CONDITION: Overall both volumes are very good, with clean boards, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and both books free of prior owner markings; overall wear a bit worse in "Negative" but still a very good volume. Both dust jackets also very good, neither price-clipped, with light overall wear.
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