Rare Books on Photography, First Edition Photo Books & Vintage Photographs for Sale Online
View our selection of inscribed vintage photographs and rare photography books below. We carry a variety of interesting antique photographs (framed and matted), as well as seminal photobooks from some of the World’s most renowned photographers. Be sure to check back often for updates, as our catalog changes frequently.
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New York: Comunity 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 soiling 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. Oblong quarto, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Signed by Helen Levitt on the title page. Essay by James Agee.
New York: Harper & Row, 1974.
First edition of the photographer’s most well-known work which covered the global social circuit in a style that remains without peer to this day. Folio, original blue cloth. Signed by Slim Aarons on the title page. An excellent copy in a very good dust jacket.
Zürich: Scalo Verlag, 1995.
First edition. Quarto, original blue cloth. Signed by Richard Prince on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” on the lower left hand corner. Some light spotting and surface wear. The signature is lightly smudged. The photograph measures 8 inches by 12 inches. The entire piece is 12.5 inches by 15 inches. Matted and framed.
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.
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.
Houston: Times Books, 1987.
First Edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows a small closed tear. Signed by Sternfeld. A very sharp copy.
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.
“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary": First Edition of Andy Warhol's Exposures; Signed Three Times by Andy Warhol With A Drawing
New York: Andy Warhol Books / Grosset & Dunlap, 1979.
First edition of Warhol’s candid and engaging photobook. Quarto, original cloth. Signed twice by Andy Warhol with a doodle of a heart on the half-title, and additionally signed by Warhol on the dust jacket. Fine in a very good dust jacket.
“A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary": First Edition of Andy Warhol's Exposures; Signed Twice by Andy Warhol
New York: Andy Warhol Books/ Grosset & Dunlap, 1979.
First edition of Warhol’s candid and engaging photobook. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Andy Warhol with a two doodles of a heart on the half-title, and additionally signed by Warhol on the dust jacket. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
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.
"A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people": First Edition of Photographs; Signed by Annie Leibovitz; Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer
New York: Pantheon/ Rolling Stone Press Book, 1983.
First edition of this collection of photographs of celebrities taken by Leibovitz. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Annie Leibovitz on the title page. Additionally signed by Tom Wolfe, who contributed the introduction and also signed by Norman Mailer, whose photograph is in this volume. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Dusseldorf: Art Press, 1970.
First edition of the Becher’s first major photobook with 194 black-and-white photogravure plates. Quarto, original blue cloth. Signed by both Bernd and Hilla Becher. Fine in a bright fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom made box. Text in German, English, and French. An exceptional example.
Munich: Verlag Fred Jahn, 1989.
First edition. Folio. “In Atlas, Richter not only reveals much of his life, and the basis for many of his paintings, but he also summarizes the concerns of many of the leading makers of artist’s books from Ruscha and LeWitt to Boltanski and Feldmann….the ultimate artist’s book.” (Parr & Badger, Photobook II). Signed and dated in the year of publication, “Gerhard Richter 14.10.89”. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Photobook II; Parr & Badger.
Original color dye transfer photograph signed in pencil by Harold Edgerton on the verso. The photograph measures 14 inches by 18 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 21.5 inches by 26 inches.