INSCRIBED FIRST EDITIONS IN A PRESENTATION BINDING WITH ORIGINAL WRAPPERS BOUND-IN. A SUPERB ASSOCIATION COPY, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY STIEGLITZ: “To my friend, advisor & co-worker / John Francis Strauss / from / Alfred Stieglitz.” Additionally noted by Stieglitz “Feb, 17 - 1905. Third Anniversary of the birth of the Photo-Secessions, after the Surprise Lunch at Steichen’s."
The complete set of issues for 1904, including:
-Number 5, January 1904, with six plates by Robert Demachy, one by Prescott Adamson, one by Frank Eugene; text by Joseph Keiley, Sadakichi Hartmann, and others.
-Number 6, April 1904, with six plates by Alvin Langdon Coburn, two by Will A. Cadby, one by W.B. Post; text by Charles Caffin, Hartmann, and others.
-Number 7, July 1904, with six plates by Theodor and Oscar Hofmeister, two by Demachy, one by Edward Steichen, one by Mary Devens; text by Ernst Juhl, Demachy, and others.
-Number 8, October 1904, with six plates by J. Craig Annan, one by Coburn, one by F.H. Evans, six silhouette portraits by J.B. Kerfoot; Text by Keiley, Annan, Kerfoot, Stieglitz, and others.
On the recipient, John Francis Strauss:
“Strauss was sufficiently close to Stieglitz to become, in 1902, a founding member of the Photo-Secession, Stieglitz’s new cadre of advanced pictorialists. He then worked as an associate editor for Camera Work, Stieglitz’s new quarterly, from its first issue, in January 1903, through April 1910. In July 1903, the magazine featured a photogravure by Strauss of the Brooklyn Bridge, made atmospheric by its nighttime setting and glowing highlights.”
New York: Alfred Stieglitz, 1904. 4 complete issues. Thick quarto, custom presentation binding of stamped suede (with “CW” on front cover) over boards, with original wrappers bound-in. With Strauss's bookplate on the front pastedown. Housed is spectacular custom box by noted book artist Sjoerd Hofstra. Rebacked with most of original spine laid-down, foxing to boards, edges worn. Plates and interior in excellent condition with only light scattered foxing.
A BEAUTIFUL AND IMPORTANT VOLUME WITH AN OUTSTANDING STIEGLITZ INSCRIPTION.
Price: $40,000 .