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[Photo Album] Souvenir 5th November 1920 The Willows Windsor
21 [Photo Album] Souvenir 5th November 1920 The Willows Windsor
Windsor, UK 1920 Half Morocco Very Good 
A group of oversized photos that capture a somber yet celebratory occasion at a grand estate two years after the end of the First World War. Oblong, 27.5 by 38 cm. Twelve large original photographs of a grand country estate called "The Willows", taken when its owner was being honored for having turned it over to the British war effort. As depicted on Downton Abbey, many a palatial home served as a temporary hospital, a hospice, or some other use relating to the war effort. In this instance, the property owner was a man of Indian origin, Sir Dhunjobhoy Bomanji, who had made a fortune in textiles and shipping. From India's Parsee community. Bomanji was an ardent supporter of the British Empire -- He would soon afterward, in 1923, donate a statue of the World War One commander, Douglas Haig (the first Earl Haig), to the City of Edinburgh. Haig in fact is one of the guests at the luncheon party and among the distinguished guests shown in one of the photos. Other distinguished guests included Princess Alice, the Earl of Athlone, Lady Mary Chrichton, Lady Campbell, General Carteret-Carey and Captain Donald Simson. The other photos are of the house decked out with banners and bunting for the entertainment of 700 guests comprised of ex-servicemen, war widows and orphans, the band of the Life Guards, two photos of the dining room set up for but prior to the luncheon, the procession of 300 war orphans by the host and luncheon guests, among them a Hasidic child, the procession of disabled soldiers, the procession of non-crippled ex-servicement, Mr. Bomanji presenting a check of 5,000 pounds to Princess Alice, Earl Haig addressing the diabled soldiers and finally, a group photo of the host and his most distinguished guests -- those at the luncheon. Leather worn along joints in a few spots. Gilt lettering partly rubbed on front board. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Let's Face It, Bannister, Connie, photographer
22 Bannister, Connie, photographer Let's Face It
St. Paul, MN Brown & Bigelow 1954 First Edition Presumed Brochure. Wraps. Near Fine 
Cutsie humor from the fifties, with arch captions in the style of Yearbook flippancy. With baby images on virtually every page, the "humor" derived from attributing thoughts, some adult thoughts, to the newborn. 12mo. 15 by 11 cm. 48 pp., plus wraps. Only two institutional copies appear on OCLC FirstServe (University of Colorado and Illinois). Owner's name written neatly in red on front cover corner. Otherwise, clean and crisp copy. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Costumes de Suisse, Braun, Adolphe
23 Braun, Adolphe Costumes de Suisse
Lucerne and Dornach (Alsace), respectively Fortune Aubert; Agence de la Maison Ad. Braun 
Scarce collection of photographic costume plates, with no copies located on OCLC. N.d., circa 1869. With 36 mounted photographs of Swiss women in provincial dress and either engaged in prototypical activities are surrounded by the paraphernalia of such activities. In a neat cursive in the lower margin is written the city that the photo was taken, and so each woman shown is in a sense representative, in her dress and activity, of the named place. Adolphe Braun (1812 - 1877) was a French photographer known for floral studies, Parisian street scenes and Alpine landscapes. In 1855 he was awarded a medal at the Exposition Universelle held in Paris that year. Later he created a business that focused on photographic reproductions of important paintings and sculpture, and his company became a leader in that field. While the set of photos contained in this album have faded somewhat, one can not but be impressed with the sharpness of elements in the image. There is a painterliness to the compositions: the women and their dress might be the primary subject, but many of the images also feature floral decoration and Alpine backgrounds. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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24 Ernst Mayer [Album] MMMM Italien 1936 (German Travel Poem)
Very Good 
An extraordinary photo travelogue or journal in verse kept by the German Ernst Mayer in April to May1936 of a vacation he, his brother and their wives took by car to Norhtern Italy (Lake Garda, Brescia, Verona, Padua, Venice, Parma, etc.) and back through Switzerland. There is not a word about the political upheaval back home by the middle aged, comfortably situated traveler so inspired by the South. The verse reveals a depth of involvement and emotion with art encountered that is certainly uncommon, now and even then. While a fair amount of the poetry is devoted to naming the sights, it rises to a higher level when reflecting on the trip as a whole at the end. Oblong, 29 by 33 cm. Nineteen leaves with content, some on both sides, some only on the recto, and tissue guards with a spider web diaper lie between each leaf. Blank leaves in the back. The front cover is decorated with paste-on labels from the cities and resorts visited such as ere covered the luggage of the globetrotting traveler, as well as colorfully inked names of the places visited. The boards have splitting of plies, probably the result of contraction of one layer at a different rate than another with weather variations. The cloth along the edges is frayed and becoming undone. Pages are clean. One tissue guard with tearing. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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25 Goldberg, Vicki Margaret Bourke-White
Scarborough, ON, Canada HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited 1986 0060155132 / 9780060155131 1st Edition Cloth Very Good Plus Very Good Jacket Jacket 
Book. 8vo - over 7 - 9" tall. A little soilage on black cloth. Otherwise would be fine. VG DJ. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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26 Goro Kumada, editor. Ken Domon, Masao Horino, Ihei Kimura, Wanatabe Yoshio and other members of the Nihon Kobo Nippon
Tokyo Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai (The Society for International Cultural Relations) 1937 First Leporello. Hardcover boards, paper pastedown. Very Good 
The Japanese photobook equivalent of a Leni Riefenstahl movie! Deemed "arguably the high point of both the Japanese propaganda and the modernist photo book" by Parr and Badger in "The Photobook: A History". Oblong folio, 27 by 30 cm. 64 pp., or 32 double-page back-to-back photomontages configured as an accordion fold-out, and a deliberate attempt to adapt the traditional Japanese pillow book to a more modern usage. Text (captions) in English, French and German. The photographers involved were also staff photographers of the Japanese photo magazine, "Nippon". The black and white photos have an extraordinary dynamism and three dimensionality achieved by the artful juxtapositions, and there is a cumulative power to the whole enterprise. Just as the photos themselves are able to convey movement, the message of the whole is that Japan itself was on the march forward into a new dawn! And virtually every aspect of Japanese life is presented -- economic, religious, cultural, architectural, artisanal, rural, urban, etc. Only two of the montages relate to the military -- one, the army, one the navy -- and this is in sharp contrast to similar publications emanating from Germany and Italy at the time. Japan had, by then, actually embarked on its program of foreign aggression and conquest, whereas for the other Fascist regimes that still lay in the future. The scarce book was probably never for sale, but rather was given as a gift to foreign dignitaries. Scarce, with the only known institutional copies at the British Museum, the Library of Congress. Two folds professionally and discreetly repaired, with very minor loss (a very thin sliver) along those joints. A quarter sized infill to where there was a corner chip to the silver Japanese paper pastedown on the front cover. The front blue blank or endpaper does not have a title label pastedown which has been seen in other copies, but it is obvious that there never was such a label pasted into this copy. 
Price: 19500.00 USD
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Moving Pictures of Wild Life and Big Game, Kearton, Cherry (1871-1940)
27 Kearton, Cherry (1871-1940) Moving Pictures of Wild Life and Big Game
1913 Stapled. Paper Very Good 
8vo. 21 by 13.5 cm. 8pp. Scarce, no copies located on OCLC First Search. Kearton was a pioneer in the photographing of wild animal life, both with still cameras and then motion pictures. His films represent the Great Granddaddy of today's nature animal documentaries and television programs. As a still photographer, he is believed to have been the first person to photograph a live bird's nest with eggs. Among his many other firsts were recording for a phonograph birdsong, and also filming London from the air. In terms of nature film, he began with a series of pathbreaking shorts between 1905 adn 1908. In 1910 he filmed Theodore Roosevelt on one of his hunting trips in Africa. Back to this pamphlet, it is a program for a public appearance by Kearton at the Playhouse, located at 48th Street and Broadway in New York, in February, 1913. The appearance was to include footage of Kearton's expeditions previously unseen by the public. The program relates Kearton's biography, his achievement, and his ambition of capturing wild life in all climes and places. It speaks of a planned expedition of Kearton and James Barnes to traverse Central Africa that April. Credited in the appearance is Adolph Zukor, one the original movie moguls as the founder of Paramount Pictures, and this is a reminder that Kearton was a real presence in the early movie industry as a central figure in a particular niche. Light wear. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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28 Rambosson, Yvanhoe, author of preface Le Nu D'Apres Nature. I. La Femme
Paris Librairie Artistique Circa 1904 First Edition Cloth Very Good Minus 
Scarce collection of photographs of female nudes. 51 pp., followed by 50 photographic plates of comely nude women. It might come as a surprise to some that many of the women are rather slender, contrary to the belief that a certain amount of avoirdupois was the fashion at the turn of the twentieth century. The thinness is surely a reflection of the youth of the women. And without their clothing, many of the women look as if they might have been shot just yesterday, other than the length and styling of hair on some which is utterly non-modern. But the point of the collection was to show women free of the constriction of corsets and Victorian dress, and thus to champion a more natural sort of beauty. It would be a wild overstatement to say that this book greatly influenced female dress to come, but surely it minimally reflects a mood and zeitgeist that anticipated greater comfort and freedom in a woman's attire, and with that, other aspects of women's lives as well. Although the photos are of nudes, and of handsome women throughout, the spirit is anything but obscene, but rather something more reverential and celebratory, and even with the soft focus (not necessarily deliberate) and the occasional odalisque setting, the effect is more ethereal than erotic. Wear and abrasions on cover, which is a half pebbled cloth (resembling some leathers) over a floral/seraphic patterned paper pastedown. One gathering is slightly loose. Cracks to the hinges in several places. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Islay Lyons Photographs, Warren, William, author of introduction
29 Warren, William, author of introduction Islay Lyons Photographs
Editiions Didier Millet 1996 981-3018-98-4 / 9789813018983 New new Jacket 
4to. 96 pp., a striking black and white photo of people and places on every page. The portraits are generally of the rich and famous who resided or visited the fashionable island of Capri, as well as a few more ordinary mortals. The famous include Noel Coward, Nancy Cunard, Sybille Bedford, Norman Douglas, Graham Greene, Margot Fonteyn, Janet Flanner, Mary McCarthy, Peggy Guggenheim, Gracie Fields, Somerset Maugham and Charlton Heston. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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