Rare Books on Photography, First Edition Photo Books & Vintage Photographs for Sale Online
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New York: Community Press, 1965.
First edition of the photographer’s seminal work, one of the great photobooks of the second half of the twentieth century. Tall quarto, original gray cloth. Signed by Dave Heath on the half-title page. Fine in a very good dust jacket that shows some light rubbing to the front and rear panel.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1927.
Signed Limited edition, one of 327 copies. Quarto, original half pigskin over boards, top edge gilt, 2 volumes. Signed by Thomas Edison on the limitation page and additionally signed by Ramsaye. Illustrated with numerous photographic plates. Some staining to lower section of spines, some rubbing and edgewear to boards, a very good set. Copies of the limited edition were also bound in cloth, this is the more uncommon leather bound edition.
"The artists task is not to alter the world as the eye sees it, but to perceive the esthetic reality within the actual world" First Edition of Helen Levitts First Book A Way of Seeing; Signed by Her
New York: The Viking Press, 1965.
First edition of Levitt and Agee’s classic collaboration. Oblong quarto, original black cloth, illustrated with 50 black-and-white photogravures. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Signed by Helen Levitt on the title page. Essay by James Agee.
Zürich: Scalo Verlag, 1995.
First edition. Quarto, original blue cloth. Signed by Richard Prince on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Rare Photographic Portrait of Albert Einstein; Signed by Prominent Portrait Photographer Clara Estelle Sipprell
Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein by award-winning portrait photographer Clara Estelle Sipprell. Signed by the photographer below the photograph, “Clara E. Sipprell.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed; the entire piece measures 15.5 inches by 12.5 inches. An iconic photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed by one of the leading portrait photographers of the 20th century.
Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein, taken from Martin Vos’ famous image captured during Rabinadrath Tagore’s 1930 visit to Berlin. Boldly signed by Albert Einstein. Gelatin silver print, a portrait detail from the famed 1930 Martin Vos photograph, taken when Tagore visited Einstein at his home in Berlin on July 14th, 1930. In fine condition. Double matted and framed; the entire piece measures 19 inches by 22 inches. An iconic photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Group portrait showing Einstein standing between Talmudic scholar Tamar de Sola Pool and Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches. An exceptional photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Full-length group portrait showing Albert Einstein standing with Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman and others at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 9.5 inches. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 20.5 inches. An exceptional piece.
"Fight has never been and is not now a fight for conquest of land, for accumulation of wealth or domination of peoples, but for the recognition and preservation of the rights of man and the establishment of a truly free world for a free people": Exceedingly Scarce Signed Photograph of Albert Luthuli
Black and white photograph of Albert Lutuli, the first African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Signed twice by him and dated by him 2/11/1961. The portrait shows Luthuli holding the telegram which announced his award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 1960. The reverse of the photograph is rubber stamped “Copyright Photograph supplied by The Natal Mercury, Devonshire Place, Durban”. In near fine condition.
Autograph quote signed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer. The quote reads, “Only at quite rare moments have I felt really glad to be alive. I could not but feel with a sympathy full of regret all the pain that I saw around me, not only that of men but that of the whole creation. From this community of suffering I have never tried to withdraw myself. It seemed to me a matter of course that we should all take our share of the burden of pain which lies upon the world.” Signed by Schweitzer beneath the quote. In fine condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Schweitzer. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 17.5 inches. A unique example, rare and desirable signed by the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Original carte-de-visite of famed author Alexandre Dumas. In near fine condition. The carte-de-visite measures 2.5 by 4 inches.
Photograph of legendary executive Alfred Sloan, boldly signed “Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., May 1 ,1937.” Framed in a custom gilt stamped morocco frame. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 16.5 inches. Photographs signed by Sloan are rare.
Photograph From All the President's Men; Signed by Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, Martin Balsam, Director Alan J. Pakula and others
Boldly signed by Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, Martin Balsam, Director Alan J. Pakula and others- about 30 signatures in all. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. In good condition. From the library of Sam Yorty, former Mayor of Los Angeles. Uncommon signed by the cast of this classic film.
Aspen: Baldwin Gallery, 2006.
First edition. Limited Edition 1 of 1,000 copies, this being number 265. Quarto. Fine in a fine dust jacket without wear. Original 8×8 print signed by both Starn brothers. Comes with the original envelope from the Starn brothers office.
Signed personal check from Amelia Earhart dated December 20, 1932 payable to her husband George Palmer Putnam for $250, which measures 2.5 inches by 7.5 inches. Double-matted and framed with a sheet music cover honoring Earhart. The entire piece measures 12 inches by 18 inches, with a window in the backing for viewing Putnam’s signature.
Rare original photograph boldly signed by legendary aviator Amelia Earhart; with the original transmittal letter signed by her husband, George Putnam
Rare original photograph boldly signed by record-breaking aviator Amelia Earhart. Accompanied by the original typed transmittal letter signed by Amelia Earhart’s husband, George P. Putnam. Addressed to Jean Teal of Murdock, Nebraska, the letter reads: “Dear Jean: Miss Earhart has asked me to answer your note, as she herself is too busy to do much corresponding these days. Herewith we are sending you an autographed picture. The drawing you made she is keeping herself as she would like to add it to her collection. Very truly yours, G. P. Putnam.” Earhart’s husband George P. Putnam achieved fame as one of the most successful promoters of the 1930s particularly with the blockbuster publication of Charles Lindbergh’s autobiography “We” in 1927. He later offered to assist Earhart in writing the story of her flight across the Atlantic ocean which ultimately resulted in the publication of 20 Hrs., 40 Min and their marriage. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 4.5 by 3.5 inches. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 12 inches.
Houston: Times Books, 1987.
First edition of Sternfeld’s acclaimed first photobook. Oblong quarto, original cloth, with 55 plates. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows a small closed tear. Signed by Joel Sternfeld on the title page.
New York: Random House, 1993.
First edition. Thick folio, brown cloth with large red type, glassine wrapper. Signed and dated in the year of publication in 1993. Illustrated with 284 exquisite black & white photographs. Fine in a fine glassine wrapper.
FIRST EDITION OF ANGEL’S WORLD: THE NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANGELO RIZZUTO SIGNED BY PHOTO HISTORIAN MICHAEL LESY
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2006.
First edition. Quarto, original black cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by Michael Lesy on the title page. Jacket design by Laura Lindgren.