Venus, Jupiter, and Mars. Photographs by Frederick Sommer. Edited and introduction by John Weiss. Essays by Jonathan Williams, Roberta Hellman, and Marvin Hoshino. Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, 1980. 69 pp. First Edition. INSCRIBED on preliminary page to the book's editor, 'For John/in appreciation initiative, enthusiasm, effort, and time/Fred': "Square quarto. Photo-illustrated wrappers. 24 duotone reproductions. Laid in are the following: a letter from Sommer to the book's editor authorizing the project's publication; correspondence from Emmet Gowin, (Jargon Press founder) Jonathan Williams, Leland Rice, Peter Bunnell, and Sue Davies concerning the publication; a separate, 16 pp. exhibition checklist with 102 thumbnail images; a tri-fold pre-publication exhibition flyer; invitation to the Venus, Jupiter and Mars exhibition at the Delaware Museum of Art, 1980; 10 assorted 4 x 6 in. color photographs, taken by the editor, of Sommer in his home in Prescott, AZ, 1977; during a TV interview; teaching at University of Delaware and outside the Delaware Museum of Art (all 1980); reviews of the exhibition and/or book from Newsweek; The Times Literary Supplement (Mark Haworth-Booth) and British Journal of Photography (Gerry Badger).
The catalogue from a 1980 exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum, along with copious documentation of the its genesis and realization. This was the most comprehensive showing of Sommer's work at that time, with photographs made from 1939 through 1977. The separate checklist included reproduces the show in its entirety. An important catalogue highlighting the work of this somewhat neglected artist.