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.
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. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 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.
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 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.
“I BELIEVE THAT ART HAS A KIND OF RIGHTNESS, AS IN MUSIC, WHEN WE HEAR WHETHER OR NOT A NOTE IS FALSE”: FIRST EDITION OF GERHARD RICHTER'S ATLAS; SIGNED BY HIM
Munich: Verlag Fred Jahn, 1989.
Munich: Verlag Fred Jahn, 1989. First edition of one of the most revealing collections of the photographic work of Gerhard Richter. Folio, original cloth. Signed and dated in the year of publication on the half-title page, “Gerhard Richter 14.10.89.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“Dear Barbara, you remind me of myself and I wish us both that you remain that way": Photograph of Ayn Rand; Inscribed by Her to Barbara Branden
Large signed photograph of Ayn Rand. Inscribed by her to Barbara Branden, “Dear Barbara, you remind me of myself and I wish us both that you remain that way – With love -Ayn June 21, 1951.” While living in New York during the early 1950’s, the recipient, Barbara, and her future husband, Nathaniel Branden, befriended Rand and her husband Frank O’Connor. Not only would the couple go on to become major proponents of Objectivism (establishing the Nathaniel Branden Institute in 1958 with Barbara serving as Rand’s assistant), but their personal lives would be dramatically intertwined with Rand’s. Begrudgingly sanctioned by both Barbara and Frank, Nathaniel began an affair with Ayn in 1954. The secret couple had a very public break in 1968, almost certainly due to Branden’s affair with actress Patrecia Scott who he later married. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Matted and framed, which measures 17.5 inches by 19.5 inches. Photographs signed by Rand are exceptionally rare.
Full length photograph of Babe Ruth posing at a Massachusetts golf course with four other men, signed by Babe Ruth. Also signed by Massachusetts politicians John P. Feeney and Tom McEnanly. The photograph measures 7.25 inches by 9 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17 inches. An exceptional photograph, rare and desirable signed by Ruth.
A portrait of Bernard Baruch signed to humorist Harry Hershfield. It reads, “For Harry Hershfield who radiates sunshine and good feeling wherever he goes with appreciation and best wishes from one who has basked in that sunshine BM Baruch 1952.” Hershfield was an American cartoonist, humor writer and radio personality. He was known as “the Jewish Will Rogers”. He also was a columnist for the New York Daily Mirror. His books include Laugh Louder, Live Longer and Now I’ll Tell One. As a comics artist he is best remembered for his newspaper comic Abie the Agent. The image measures 7.75 inches by 10.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 22.5 inches. A nice association, uncommon with such a warm inscription.