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 photo books 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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Rare First Edition of Peking the Beautiful; With 70 Photographic Plates; in the rare publisher's wooden slipcase
Shanghai, China: The Commercial Press, 1927.
First edition of this work comprising photographic studies of the celebrated monuments of China’s northern capital with descriptive and historical notes. Folio, original embroidered silk pictorial boards, original publisher’s wooden box. In fine condition without wear. Contains 70 photographic plates mounted, numerous illustrations in text. Contains an introduction by Hu Shih, professor of Philosophy at the National University of Peking. Rare and desirable in the original publisher’s wooden box.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 107644
"Our land is of every kind geologically and climatically and our people are of every kind also - and yet our land is one nation, and our people are Americans": First edition of Steinbeck's America and Americans; inscribed by him to fellow American author John Updike
New York: The Viking Press, 1966.
First edition of Steinbeck’s final book. Quarto, original half cloth, illustrated, cartographic endpapers. With 136 pages of photographs, 24 in full color by 55 of the most prominent American photographers of the era including Ansel Adams, Sam Siegel, and Todd Webb. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For John Updike with admiration John Steinbeck.” American author John Steinbeck published his most notable works between 1937 (Of Mice and Men) and 1952 (East of Eden), and was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940 and Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. One of the most prolific American authors from the early 1960s until his death in 2009, fellow recipient of the Pulitzer Prize John Updike identified Steinbeck as one of his literary heroes at a young age. Both writers’ works explored themes of crises related to faith, injustice, and family dynamics applied to small town ‘everyman’ protagonists. Both Steinbeck and Updike wrote in a realist tradition featuring their own distinctively rich and imaginative vocabulary and style of prose. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Jacket design by Christopher Harris. Photograph of Steinbeck to the rear panel by Paul Farber. From the library of John Updike. An exceptional association linking two of the greatest writers of twentieth century America.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 55056
Apollo Astronauts Signed Reunion Poster; signed by 18 Apollo Astronauts and from the collection of Frank White
Rare original poster from The Apollo Reunion July 16, 1986 in Washington D.C. Signed by 18 Apollo Astronauts: Buzz Aldrin, Charles Conrad, Ron Evans, Stuart Roosa, Richard Gordon, Charlie Duke, Michael Collins, Walt Cunningham, James Lovell, Donn Eisele, Bill Anders, Alan Bean, Jim Irwin, Al Worden, Rusty Schweickart, Alan Shepard, Gene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt. From the collection of Frank White, author of ‘The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution’, a seminal work in the field of space exploration and development based on White’s interviews with 31 astronauts. The term “Overview Effect” describes the cognitive shift in worldview that astronauts experience when they see the Earth from space and in space. Framed. The entire piece measures 22 inches by 17 inches.
Price: $5,000.00 Item Number: 105483
“Adventure is just bad planning": Rare Signed Photograph of heroic expedition leader Roald Amundsen, the first explorer to reach both the North and South Poles
Sepia tone photograph of heroic expedition leader Roald Amundsen in arctic gear. Boldly signed by Roald Amundsen on the lower right corner. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 7 inches by 10 inches. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 18.5 inches. Photographs signed by Amundsen are rare.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 64007
“Shanghai - one of the wonder cities of the world: Rare First Edition of Shanghai of To-day-A Souvenir Album
Shanghai: Kelly and Walsh, 1927.
First edition of this scarce pictorial album of the views of Shanghai. Quarto, original cloth-backed flexible boards, with 38 tipped-in photographs, front stamped and lettered in red on a gilt background, mounted photo label. Introduction by Owen Mortimer Green. Later editions included 50 photographs. In very good condition with some small chips and gift inscription to the front free endpaper. Rare.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 49089
Rare original photograph boldly signed by legendary aviator Amelia Earhart; with the original transmittal letter signed by her husband, George Putnam
Rare original photograph boldly signed by record-breaking aviator Amelia Earhart. Accompanied by the original typed transmittal letter signed by Amelia Earhart’s husband, George P. Putnam. Addressed to Jean Teal of Murdock, Nebraska, the letter reads: “Dear Jean: Miss Earhart has asked me to answer your note, as she herself is too busy to do much corresponding these days. Herewith we are sending you an autographed picture. The drawing you made she is keeping herself as she would like to add it to her collection. Very truly yours, G. P. Putnam.” Earhart’s husband George P. Putnam achieved fame as one of the most successful promoters of the 1930s particularly with the blockbuster publication of Charles Lindbergh’s autobiography “We” in 1927. He later offered to assist Earhart in writing the story of her flight across the Atlantic ocean which ultimately resulted in the publication of 20 Hrs., 40 Min and their marriage. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 4.5 by 3.5 inches. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 12 inches.
Price: $3,600.00 Item Number: 92492
“That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Rare original photograph signed by the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong
Rare original photograph on Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins arriving in Bangkok during the Apollo 11 World Tour. Signed on the mount by Neil Armstrong. On September 29, 1969, at the request of President Richard Nixon, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, and each of their wives embarked on the Apollo 11 World Tour. Nicknamed “Giant Leap” by NASA, the tour stopped in 24 countries with the intention of promoting the space exploration program as a peaceful project that would benefit all nations. In near fine condition. An uncommon signed image.
Price: $3,500.00 Item Number: 122680
Original NASA photograph of the Apollo 14 Mission launch; signed by viewers Spiro Agnew and Neil Armstrong
Official NASA photograph of the VIP grandstand at the Apollo 14 viewing site at Launch Complex 39 on January 31st 1971. Signed by both legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong and the 39th Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew. Both are shown seated in the grandstand with Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sofia of Spain beneath the American and Spanish flags. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16.5 inches by 15 inches.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 100438
“ORBITING EARTH IN THE SPACESHIP, I SAW HOW BEAUTIFUL OUR PLANET IS. PEOPLE, LET US PRESERVE AND INCREASE THIS BEAUTY, NOT DESTROY IT!”: RARE PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED by Yuri Gagarin, Pavel Popovich, Gherman Titov, and Andriyan Nikolayev
Rare original photograph signed by four important Russian cosmonauts including the first human to journey into outer space, Yuri Gagarin. Additionally signed by Andriyan Nikolayev (the third Russian in space and the first person to make a televised broadcast from space), Gherman Titov who became the first human to orbit the earth multiple times in 1961, and Pavel Popovich (the fourth cosmonaut to travel into space). Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 10.75 inches by 9.5 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 100123
Kumamoto: O Aso Kokuritsu Koen Kyokai, 1931.
First edition of this photobook of the Kumamoto Prefecture. Quarto, original velvet bound, copiously illustrated with gravure photo pages with captions and text, occasional mounted gravure photos, all of the Kumamoto Prefecture in the southern-most Japanese island of Kyushu, including its manufacturing, spas, rivers, volcanic Mt. Aso, temples, village life and agriculture. Including panoramic folding plate with two views, and a slightly smaller panoramic foldout. In near fine condition. Rare, with OCLC locating one example at Columbia University.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 86877
Rare original photograph inscribed by journalist and explorer Henry M. Stanley. Inscribed by Stanley in the upper right corner of the photograph, “Yours faithfully, Henry M. Stanley 1907.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 11.5 inches by 10 inches.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 100192
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.
Price: $2,200.00 Item Number: 39022
“Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!”: Rare photograph signed by the first human to journey into outer space, Yuri Gagarin
Rare photograph signed by the first human to journey into outer space, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. In fine condition. The photograph measures 5.75 inches by 3.75 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11 inches. Rare and desirable.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 91799
Rare original photograph of the airship Norge, the vessel that completed the first trip of any kind to the North Pole: the Amundsen-Ellsworth 1926 Transpolar Flight. Signed by expedition leader Roald Amundsen on the mount. Framed. In near fine condition.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 111072
Large signed black and white photograph of Edmund Hillary, who on May 29, 1953, along with Tenzing Norgay, became the first climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of the ninth British expedition led by John Hunt. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 13 inches by 10 inches. The entire piece measures 19.25 inches by 16 inches. A striking example.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 79431
Moscow: Various, c. 1960.
Two volumes in Russian from the library of American literary master John Steinbeck. Quarto, two volumes including a book of early Russian Orthodox paintings with many in color and a folio of loose plates featuring artwork from the Hermitage Museum. From the library of John Steinbeck. In very good condition.
Price: $950.00 Item Number: 117588
Original signed black and white photograph of Edmund Hillary, who on May 29, 1953, along with Tenzing Norgay, became the first climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of the ninth British expedition led by John Hunt. Boldly signed in his contemporary signature, “E.P. Hillary.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 5 inches by 4 inches. The entire piece measures 12.25 inches by 10.25 inches.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 89054
"Here Nature has contrived to unite conditions of soil and climate in a manner most delightful": Rare first edition pamphlet of Fort Lauderdale, Florida: "Gateway to the Everglades"
Fort Lauderdale: Snyder & Hortt, Real Estate and Investments, c. 1915.
Rare first edition promotional brochure for the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Octavo, profusely illustrated with photographs taken c. 1914-1915 of the business district, boulevards, markets, railways, farms, orange groves, beaches, marinas, streams, and homes of Fort Lauderale. Map of Florida on the final page. In near fine condition. Scarce, OCLC/WorldCat locates only one other example housed in the Alachua County Library which lists the publication date as 1915, the year Fort Lauderdale was designated the county seat of the newly formed Broward County.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 103801
Rare original photograph of Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried. Boldly signed by him, Manfred “Dutch” von Ehrenfried Apollo A9-11B Suit.” The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. In fine condition.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 106020