First Edition of Our World; Signed by Mary Oliver

  • Our World.

Our World.


Item Number: 3419

Boston: Beacon Press, 2007.

First edition of this work which intertwines Oliver’s prose with Cook’s photographs. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by Mary Oliver on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Photographs by Mary Malone Cook.

Molly Malone Cook made her reputation as an early advocate of photography as an art form; she was a champion of the work of now-famous photographers, including Edward Steichen, Eugene Atget, Berenice Abbott, Minor White, Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, and W. Eugene Smith. "The photographs Oliver has chosen reflect Cook’s intuitive relationship with her subjects (even inanimate objects). The little girl on the stoop in New York City looks directly at the photographer, as does a kindly Robert Motherwell and a fierce, almost intimidating Walker Evans. Even though most of the photographs are dominated by a central person or object, there is a lot to look at in the margins, all part of the story. The stance of her subjects—reading a book, looking through a telescope—is always distinctive, creating the mood of the entire composition. The two photos of Oliver could have been taken only by someone who knew the subject well" (Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times).

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