Mother and Child. Nell Dorr. Harper & Brothers, 1954. Unpaged. Octavo (8.5 x 7 in./21.5 x 18 cm.) First edition. INSCRIBED on preliminary page, "To Miss Farsland/Who was like a stream of water/in the desert in my great time of need./Gratefully/Nell Dorr." Cloth-backed boards illustrated with photographic light abstraction. Gravure reproductions. Tipped-in statement from the author mounted on verso of photo-illustrated front endpaper. LAID IN: Publisher's original four page prospectus, with two pages of text and two full-page gravure images.
Near Fine+/Fine-; light wear to board extremities and jacket edges.
Life Dance. Photographs by Nell Dorr. Text by Covington Hardee. Alleluia Press, Allendale, NJ, 1975. Unpaged. Quarto (12 x 10 in./30.5 x 25.5 cm.). SIGNED and numbered limited edition of 100 copies (signed by both Dorr and Hardee). With additional gift inscription by Dorr on preliminary page. Clothbound in dust jacket. Black-and-white reproductions.
Near Fine+/Near Fine+; some wear to boards; uneven fading to dust jacket.
In these two books, Dorr explores the universality of motherhood and life cycles in moveing series of rich gravure photographs and accompanying texts. Her photographs of children show their curiosity, love of nature, and sense of awe at the world around them, while her images of mothers have a strong spiritual sense. Dorr herself had three daughters and six grandchildren. She and her husband, the scientist John Van Nostrand Dorr founded The Dorr Foundation, and offered this book "in the spirit of friendship between the women of the United States and the women of other lands."