Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands. A Book on Rural Arts. Text by Allen H. Eaton. Containing Fifty-eight Illustrations from Photographs Taken for the Work by Doris Ulmann. Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 1948. Fifth printing. Gilt-lettered cloth. Thick octavo. 370 pp. + interspersed gravure plates.
Doris Ulmann, a wealthy northerner who had studied with Clarence H. White, travelled through Appalachia photographing the people with large-format cameras and consummate artistry. The images taken for this book focus mainly on the craftspeople and their modern revival of pioneer skills. The book contains one hundred and twelve full-page illustrations, eight of them in color, and the remainder in photogravure, including fifty-eight by Ulmann. Among the crafts photographed were basketmaking, wood-turning, spinning and weaving, pottery, etc. The handsome gravures are printed in a warm greyish-brown tone. Years later a book offering an overview of her work in the region,The Appalachian Photographs of Doris Ulmann, was published with a text by John Jacob Niles.
A near fine copy; small areas of rubbing or erasure on illustrated front endpaper.