THIS LOT CONSISTS OF TWO BOOKS BY ROBERT ADAMS: Prairie (1978) and California. Views of the Los Angeles Basin, 1978 - 1983 (2000) [shown].
Prairie. Robert Adams. Denver Art Museum, Denver, 1978. First edition. Oblong octavo. Sky-blue wrappers titled in white. A scarce catalogue designed by the photographer to accompany his exhibition of work culled from twelve years of
photographing the plains and towns of the American West. Thirty-three full-page images are included, printed by The Rapoport Printing Corporation. Scattered minor edge-rubbing to covers and a slight edge-ripple at bottom of text-block.
California. Views by Robert Adams of the Los Angeles Basin, 1978 - 1983. Essay by Robert Hass. Jeffrey Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, 2000. First edition; 2350 copies. Oblong quarto. Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. Adams brings thirty years of photographic experience and an abiding interest in the American landscape to view the natural scenery of an area known for over-building and traffic jams. While most of his images show that ecological damage has been done to the trees, flora, and mountains of the Los Angeles basin, the landscapes are not so compromised that they couldn't be reclaimed. The tritone plates printed by Triflio in Verona, Italy, capture Adams' subtle tonal scales. A very fine copy.