The Portfolios of Ansel Adams. Introduction by John Szarkowski. New York Graphic Society, Boston, 1981. Second printing (the first edition was published in 1977); with a new design and laser-scanned duotone separation printing. Small quarto. Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. xii + ninety images fully reproducing his seven portfolios + list of the prints. THIS COPY IS SIGNED BY ANSEL ADAMS ON THE HALF-TITLE PAGE.
Between 1948 and 1976 Ansel Adams produced seven limited edition portfolios of his original photographs. Each portfolio contained between ten and fifteen images, including many of his classic landscapes. This book, showing the photographs from each portfolio in sequence, was an important contribution to the study of Adams' work. It was first published in 1977, and then " in 1981 it was decided that to take advantage of new printing technology and also to have the book redesigned. In this new printing, the typography from the introductory texts of the original portfolios has been faithfully reproduced. In addition, new laser-scanned separations have been made of all the images to guarantee the best possible reproduction of the photographs. Ansel Adams was personally on press to supervise this new printing." [From the dustjacket.]