New York: Robert O. Ballou, 1933. Limited Edition, #229/350. Quarto, , 13-341 pages. Good. Bound in publisher's three quarter white linen, embossed brown paper boards, spine with gilt lettering. Top edge gilt. Some staining and discoloration to spine, particularly along hinges, from water. Tide-marks along upper and lower gutter throughout volume, in some cases touching the plates. Lacking publisher's slipcase. Illustrated with 90 full-page, hand-pulled copper photogravures after photographs by Ulmann depicting the formerly enslaved alongside their descendants in the Gullah coastal region of South Carolina. All plates with tissue guards, one tissue guard loose. Some offsetting from photogravures, as usual. With the additional signed photogravure loose within, a duplicate of the photogravure on page 129. Some offsetting to front pastedown and endpaper from photogravure. "When all the sisters' feet are washed, the basins and towels are handed over to the brothers, who wash each other's feet." [page 124]. WP consignment. Shelved case 3.
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[Amsterdam]: [Joseph Asscher & Cie], . Oblong Folio, , 15 leaves of plates; VG; bound in publisher's maroon cloth, gilt lettering to front cover; all edges gilt; patterned endpapers; mild shelfwear and rubbing; two loose tissue-guards present; inscribed on the verso of the ffep: 'To Mr. H. Hirsche with compliments from Joseph Asscher Cie 1.12.1908.'; With a fitted case containing replicas of the nine faceted stones cut from the Cullinan diamond. A space is made for a replica of the rough, but it is not present. A replica of Koh-i-Noor is also separate within the box. There is a second simple paper box labeled 'Model & puzzle of Cullinan Diamond, which may be the missing rough. Half is intact with a solid base, while half are sliced pieces. EH consignment; shelved case 4.
[Wendell?], N.C. Monk-Henderson Tobacco Co, . Oblong Octavo, 12 leaves. In Very Good condition. Twelve sleeves riveted into a book format, containing 20 8 in. x 8 in. color photographs on Kodak paper. Photos are able to slide out of housing. Very mild wear and to housing. Text reading "A memento of an historic occasion with our compliments / Monk-Henderson Tobacco Co., Inc." on interior of rear cover. The images are described in the table of contents as follows: 1. The Earth as Seen from Apollo 11 on its way to the Moon 2. Spaceship "Columbia" as seen from "Eagle" 3. "Eagle" on the Moon with the Earth in the Background 4. Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, in "Eagle" 5. A Cautious Descent 6. The First Footprint on the Moon 7. Magnificent Desolation 8. A Landing Pad Shimmers in the Sunlight 9. 40 Pounds of Moon Rock Were Collected for Study 10. The Lower Stage of the Lunar Excursion Module "Eagle" 11. The Work Begins 12. On the Sea of Tranquility, Buzz Aldrin Salutes his Flag 13. Buzz Aldrin Plants the Solar Wind Collector 14. During an Exposure of 1 Hour and 17 Minutes the Solar Wind Collector Captured 10 Trillion Atoms, Blown at Supersonic Speeds from the Sun 15. They Found the Crust was Solid under the Lunar Dust 16. Neil Armstrong Gives us a Good View of "Eagle" 17. Buzz Aldrin Removing one of Many Scientific Instruments Used in Gathering Information for the World 18. Buzz Aldrin Setting up a Seismograph 19. A Flag and Footprints Where None Had Been Before 20. The Plaque Left by the First Men on the Moon: "We Came in Peace for all Mankind." Extremely scarce, with OCLC showing only one institutional copy. SB Consignment. Shelved in Case 3.
Italy: c. 1960's. Framed landscape painting, with side of a building at left of image; VG; in light-colored wooden frame with glass front; not examined outside of frame; signed at lower right corner by Soffici in gray paint; possibly a piece of his Poggio series; This Soffici painting depicts the same scene shown in his 1962 painting titled "Case al Poggio"; dimensions in frame: height 18 3/4 in. x width 13 3/4 in. x depth 1 3/4 in.; dimensions from sight: height 13 1/2 in. x width 9 1/2 in.; RR consignment; located at Dupont store.
Köln: Tachen, 1999. Limited Edition: #3,635/10,000. Elephant Folio (28 in. x 20 in. x 3 in.), 464 pages. Very Good, with a Very Good dust jacket. Bound in white cloth with blue text. Dust jacket with white spine with blue text. Dust Jacket has minor shelf wear and bumping, some closed tears to edges. Boards strong, some cornerwear. Textblock exterior has some faint staining, otherwise clean, interior pages clean. Includes metal stand. Signed by author on limitations page. Shelved in Allan’s office. [Oversized book(s). Additional postage necessary for expedited/international orders. Economy International shipping unavailable due to size/weight restrictions. For international/expedited customers, please inquire for rates].
New York: Late 1940s to 1971. A collection of approximately 2,000 photographs and negatives, taken by African-American independent photographer Malcolm Downes Thomas (c. 1900 - c. 1972) from the late 1940s to 1971. Thomas photographed various aspects of New York City street and family scenes in both Manhattan and Harlem, Eastern Long Island landscapes and wildlife and a variety of images taken on various Caribbean islands. The collection also includes over a hundred original photographs and negatives of Bettie Page in a private session taken in 1952. In its entirety, this collection represents a vision of nature, street scenes, human interest, and erotica as seen from the perspective of an affluent African-American. Thomas focused his photographs of human subjects on his fellow African-Americans, taking not only numerous study series of portraits but also spontaneous shots of everyday life. Children playing, people watching television on the couch, and social gatherings are all represented. New York local events are recorded in this collection, including Wrestling Matches (3/29/53), a New York fire and efforts to extinguish it (1/7/53), African-American’s swimming in the ocean (1953), and outdoor Ice-Skating (12/51). His cityscape work is not limited to either the narrow or the broad, allowing both views of facades and paint as well as skylines. The nature work follows a similar trend, with close-ups of grasshoppers, rabbits, flowers, and others, followed by islands and landscapes. His early travels included Mexico in 1951/52, St. Thomas in 1953, and Nassau in 1953 where he and his wife participated in various photographic contests and won awards or citations for specific images. Fashion and erotica are represented as well. Thomas photographed an unknown African-American woman modelling various outfits in various poses (12/20/52). His erotica images include a private Bettie Page session dated 3/8/52 with over a hundred negatives and an unknown East-Asian woman photographed nude on at least three different occasions, 2/16/52, 12/18/53 and 12/19/53. Thomas was a Navy radar installer and later a Master Electrician. In 1943 he married his third wife Velma Henry who was a registered nurse. Together they took up photography as a hobby, traveling frequently to the Caribbean and Mexico searching for photographic opportunities. They both preferred Leica cameras for their shots. Thomas developed his own work in their kitchen, some birds and flowers were done in color, the rest were black and white. They subsequently built a home in Quoque, Long Island for weekend trips and vacations. They had no children. According to family lore, during the 1940s Malcolm Thomas became a member of the Pioneer Photography Club, comprised of black friends. There is a story that one of the members (Jerry Tibbs) was on a New York beach and saw this beautiful woman (Bettie Mae Page) who agreed to pose for him and other members of the Pioneer Photography Club. This story is similar to the one told by Bettie Page herself, that in 1950, while walking along the Coney Island shore, Bettie met NYPD officer Jerry Tibbs. Jerry was an avid photographer and gave Bettie his card. He suggested she’d make a good pin-up model, and in exchange for allowing him to photograph her, he’d help make up her first pin-up portfolio, free of charge. Tibbs introduced Page to other Harlem photographers like the legendary Jamaican nude photographer and jazz musician Cass Carr. Carr hired her as a model in 1952 for his nude “Camera Club Outings” in which amateur and professional cameramen would pay her ten dollars to pose. By 1955 Bettie Page had become the most photographed glamour model in the United States and was the January 1955 Playboy magazine Playmate of the Month In addition to the photographic archive, the owner of the collection, Malcolm Thomas’ nephew Louis P. Brown, has created an uncorrected oblong folio proof copy of Malcom Thomas’ photographic works titled “Malcolm Thomas: Photographic Memoir” He is interested in assigning the proof and copyright to the publication of the book along with the copyright and physical images of the photographs as an entirety transaction. Purchase of this collection includes all related rights.