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: 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.
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.
"Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it": Rare Signed Photograph of Agatha Christie
Rare signed photograph of the novelist Agatha Christie. The photograph was taken in the 1920s. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.75 inches by 12.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
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.
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere”: Rare Photograph of Albert Einstein; Signed and dated by Him
Black and white silver gelatin photograph portrait of Albert Einstein. Boldly signed “A Einstein, 51.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 21 inches. This is the largest signed photograph of Einstein we have seen or handled.
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.
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.
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.