Rare First Edition of The Views of Egypt
Item Number: 89212
Cairo, Egypt: Cairo Postcard Trust, c. 1920.
Accordion-fold album of photographic views, showing landmarks of old Cairo, including: General View and the Great Mosque Sultan Hassan; Procession of the Holy Carpet; Blue Mosque; Soliman Pasha Street; British Soldiers Traversing Kamel Street; Kursaal Casino; Continental Hotel; Shepheard’s Hotel and The Matarieh Holy Tree. Small octavo, original maroon morocco, stamped in white and gilt, mounted view on cover.
"For Vivien with all my love and admiration": First Edition of A Time of Gods; Inscribed by Roloff Beny to Actress Vivien Leigh
London: Thames and Hudson, 1962.
First edition of this work by the famed photographer. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated endpaper, illustrated with 148 photogravure plates. Association copy, inscribed by the author to actress Vivien Leigh, “For Vivien with all my love and admiration always Roloff London Oct. 23/ 63.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Beny was in early days a protégé of Peggy Guggenheim and Herbert Read. The circle of friends around him—actors, artists, collectors, writers—included such figures as Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Stephen Spender, Rose Macaulay, Bernard Berenson, Jean Cocteau, Henry Moore, and other luminaries of art and literature. An exceptional association copy.
"Vogue has sometimes been called a civilizing force. If that is true, perhaps it is because a civilization, to endure, needs voices to sing its praise": The World in Vogue; inscribed to actress Vivien Leigh from Cecil Beaton
New York: The Viking Press, 1963.
First edition of this work on the groundbreaking publication Vogue. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to actress Vivien Leigh from Cecil Beaton, “Merry Xmas, Vivien darling, with all my love always – Dec. 25/’63.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket with a few tears.
Portland, Maine: Chisholm Bros, c. 1890.
First edition. Contains 26 large panels of views in leporello (accordion-fold) format. Based on photographs, the views include: Birdseye view of Jacksonville (double-plate); 13 more views of Jacksonville, including St. James Hotel, Bay Street, Windsor Hotel, Palmetto Building, Everett House, Sub-tropical Exposition Buildings, Carleton House; 41 views of St. Augustine, including Hotel Ponce de Leon (court, dining room, parlor, casino, bathing pool, etc), Anastasia Island (triple-plate), St. Francis Street, San Marco Hotel, Charlotte Street, Old Slave Market, Magnolia House, Hotel Cordova, The Alcazar, Villa Zorayda, Fort Marion, St. George Street, tropical plants, etc.; Green Cove Springs, including Hotel Ormond, Thaddeus David’s Winter Residence, street views; Magnolia, including Magnolia Hotel and Landing, Welcome Gate, Wonder Gate, etc.; Palatka, including Hart’s Orange Grove, Putnam House, St. John River; Steamer and views on the Ocklawaha River; Pensacola; Tallahassee; Lake Monroe; Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and several other black stereotypes; Tampa, including New City Hall, Tampa Bay Hotel, etc.; Key West, including Front Street, Marine Hospital, Cuban Quarter, Fort Taylor, etc. Bound in decorative brown cloth, stamped in white, gilt, and blind, with floral bouquet and alligators on cover. Rare.
"I like complexity and contradiction in architecture": First Edition of Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture "an essential document in architectural literature"; Warmly Inscribed by Robert Venturi
New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1966.
First edition of this essential document of architectural literature. Octavo, original gray cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Al, Friendship and respect Bob Venturi.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear.