Description[Alvin Langdon Coburn]. A Portfolio of Sixteen Photographs by Alvin Langdon Coburn. Introduction by Nancy Newhall. With Introductory Booklet. Rochester, New York: The George Eastman House, .
First edition. One of 2,000 copies published for Members of The George Eastman House. Folio. 21-page booklet plus sixteen photographs.
Booklet staplebound in copper wrappers. Photographs tipped-in to thick archival loose leaves. All housed in a chemise made of tan cloth over dark gray paper boards. Tiny bump to rear cover of chemise. Top of inner hinge of chemise lightly shaken. Small bit of light rubbing to boards. Booklet in excellent condition. Very minimal corner and edge wear and discoloration to the photographs. All in all, a near fine set of amazing photographic material.
Booklet contains the introduction and vignettes of Coburn's life and observations relating to the photographs in the portfolio, and comprehensive descriptions of the different processes of the fin-de-siècle photography, such as Autochrome, Gum Print, Gum Platinum Print, and Photogravure. The photographs themselves are 6 3/8" x 7 ¾" plates tipped to 11" 14" archival paper, with printed titles. The photographs depict, in part: London Bridge, William Butler Yeats, The Great Temple of the Grand Canyon, G. K. Chesterton, New York's House of a Thousand Windows, London's Portland Place, and Mark Twain.
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