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    Alvin Langdon Coburn's First Major Book of Photography, Rare in the Original Binding and Dust Jacket

    [Photography] Alvin Langdon Coburn. London. With an introduction by Hilaire Belloc. London: Duckworth & Co., [1909]. First edition. Folio, approximately 16 x 11.75 inches. 21, [3, blank] pages. Twenty illustrated photogravure plates after Coburn's original photographs, each illustration hand-pulled by him and tipped to a leaf. Original quarter-morocco over paper-covered boards, title lettered in gilt to front board. Original dust jacket. Boards rubbed, exposed part of covers darkened with minor soiling, spine partially dulled, spine ends worn with minor chips, front joint partially cracked, corners softly bumped. Dust jacket worn, lacking substantial portion of front panel, spine ends chipped, minor interior paper loss, edges rubbed and chipped with some wear at folds. A very good copy in a just fair, but rarely surviving, dust jacket.

    Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966) was "enthused by Arthur Symon's 1903 book Cities, and envisaged a series of publications on London, New York, Edinburgh, Paris, Venice, Liverpool, Birmingham, Boston and Pittsburgh. These would be a close marriage of inspired texts by a major writer interpreted by his photographs, as in his partnership with Henry James. He eventually realized publications on the first three cities..." (Foster)
    Foster, et. al., Imagining Paradise, p. 225. Truthful Lens, 36.

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