"It all amounts to about this, in the end, that beauty is a recognition of the universal ways of things in general. It is our direct, instant, sensuous recognition -- without cognition at all -- that this world is our world, and that it has been made infinitely familiar in a million former incarnations. We know we are at home. And it comforts us. In times of grief I find the beauty of nature and the beauty of art to be a solace. Whatever goes, this remains. 'I require of all pictures,' says Emerson, "not that they astonish me but that they domesticate me.' And they will not unless they are lovely, and men are wiser than they know when they flee the ugly and embrace the beautiful." -- Bolton Coit Brown in Seeing Things, Camera Work issue number 27
FIRST EDITION of issue number 27 of Camera Work, complete with 9 original photogravures, including 5 by Herbert G. French and 4 by Clarence White and Alfred Stieglitz in collaboration. Edited and published by Alfred Stieglitz. Texts by H. G. Wells, Benjamin De Casseres, Bolton Coit Brown, Charles H. Caffin, Paul B. Haviland, Herbert G. French, Oscar Wilde, and Alfred Stieglitz.
Containing articles entitled Pamela Colman Smith by Benjamin De Casseres, Seeing Things by Bolton Coit Brown, American Indifference by Benjamin De Casseres,
New York: Alfred Stieglitz, 1909. Quarto (9" x 12", 23cm x 35cm), original grey wrappers. General edge wear to fragile wrappers with partial loss to top of spine. RARE.
Price: $5,500 .