THIS LOT CONSISTS OF TWO BOOKS ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS BY EVELYN HOFER: London Perceived(1962) (shown) with text by V.S. Pritchett and The Presence of Spain(1964) with text by James Morris.
London Perceived. Text by V.S. Pritchett and Photographs by Evelyn Hofer. Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1962. First American edition. Quarto. Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. 116 pp. + 111 black-and-white gravures and 18 halftone color plates. A wonderful collection of Hofer images that distill the essence of London and it citizens with her characteristic lucidity.
From the dustjacket: "Great Londoners of the past walk in these pages - Wren, Pepys, Defoe, Hogarth, Johnson, Dickens. And here are the faces of the people who inhabit London today - milkmen and master mariners, dockers and shopkeepers, messengers, Chelsea pensioners, and inevitably, a London policeman." Hofer's photographs remain strangely underappreciated; for more than two decades her work was represented by The Witkin Gallery.
A near fine copy with very minor cloth fading and a spot of soiling on back cover; dustjacket is edge-rubbed in spots, has some soft creases at right edge of front panel, and two corner creases in back inner flap. In clear glassine.
The Presence of Spain. Text by James Morris and Photographs by Evelyn Hofer. Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1964. First edition. Quarto. Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. 96 pp. + 105 black-and-white gravures and 18 halftone color plates. Hofer's photographs show the grandeur of both the architecture and landscapes of Spain. A number of haunting portraits of the people in their regional surroundings. A very good copy with some darkening at the top and bottom edge of the cloth, and a soft crease in the lower half of the front endpaper and half-title page; dustjacket has several edge tears/creases and edge rubbing, creases in inner flaps, and back panel has yellowed. In clear glassine.