THIS LOT CONSISTS OF FOUR BOOKS: Margery Mann, Editor, Women of Photography; Berenice Abbott, A Guide to Better Photograpy; Helene Hoppenot, Guatemala; and Kelly Wise, Editor, Lotte Jacobi.
Women of Photography. An Historical Survey. Margery Mann, Editor. San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, 1975. First edition. Large quarto. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Unpaged. An excellent reference to the work of 19th and 20th century women photographers, including Cameron, Kasebier, Cunningham, Bernhard, Jacobi, Ulmann, Beals, Hanscom, Dater, and many others. Very good copy; covers with light handsoiling and minor mark from opening along front hinge.
A Guide to Better Photography. Berenice Abbott. Crown Publishers,
New York, 1944. Small quarto. Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. 182 pp. Chapters on the process and techniques Abbott used in making photographs. Illustrated with halftone plates of images by Abbott, Bourke-White, Genthe,
Hine, Kanaga, Adams, Atget, Nadar, Hine, Strand and numerous other important photographers. Near fine; dustjacket with a few spots of rubbing along hinges, some tears at top of spine, and a few tiny closed tears at edges of back panel.
Guatemala. Helene Hoppenot. Editions Clairefontaine, Lausanne, 1955. First edition. Quarto. Thick boards with color photo-illustrated dustjacket. xix (text in French) + 80 full-page rich gravure plates + fold-out captions + map. The images show the landscape, ancient ruins, and the people and their customs. Hoppenot's book on China is better known, but these images are equally masterful. Near fine, with faint old stain at lower outer corner of the preliminary pages; dustjacket has some wear at very top and bottom of the spine and just bit of rubbing at the corners.
Lotte Jacobi, Kelly Wise, Editor. Addison House, Danbury, New Hampshire, 1978. Large quarto. Cloth. 187 pp. The first monograph on the career and work of Lotte Jacobi, who descended from a family of German photographers. Best known for her portraits of famous people in the arts and sciences, she also took street scenes in Europe before the war, and experimented with images of light made without a camera which she termed 'photogenics.' Handsomely printed by Thomas Todd Company of Boston. Near fine copy in serviceable dustjacket with some edges tears (two small pieces missing along bottom edge of back panel), some repairs with clear tape on the reverse, and only light soiling.