The Art of Edward Weston (1932, signed limited edition of 550)
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Apr 7, 2006 12:00 noon MT
The Art of Edward Weston by Merle Armitage. Foreword by Charles Sheeler. Appreciation by Lincoln Steffens. Prophecy by Arthur Miller. Estimate by Jean Charlot. Statement by Weston. E. Weyhe, New York, 1932. Unpaged. Small folio. No. 349 in an edition of 550. Signed and numbered on colophon page. Paper over boards. 39 full-page half-tones. Frontispiece portrait of Weston by Brett Weston.

Published in 1932, Weston's first book--a landmark in the history of twentieth century photographic literature--appeared the same year as the founding of the group f/64. In an announcement to friends of Weston soliciting subscriptions, Merle Armitage explained that "to produce an Edward Weston book, and retain the subtle quality of his inimitable work requires time, a great love for the job, and until now, a prohibitive amount of money. A remarkable thing has happened. One of the finest printers on the coast has offered to produce the book for only enough to cover the cost of the materials. They have equipment which makes them one of the few presses in America capable of handling such a job, and the want the Weston book to be an example of their superior workmanship...If you will order one or more copies of this volume, at $10.00 each, you will assist all of us, who are giving our services without compensation, in doing a fine thing."--reference, The Letters Between Edward Weston and Willard Van Dyke.

A Very Good- copy with a nice tight binding; an unknown proofreader has meticuluously marked the text pages only with red pencil editorial markings throughout (thankfully leaving plates and facing pages alone); 3/8" wide vertical strip missing along length of rear joint; front joint has some surface cracking; some spotting, surface scratching, and small areas of abrasion to boards, especially along extremities; very slight chipping at crown and foot of spine; some yellowing and foxing to page edges and preliminaries.
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