Fine photographs and photobooks with an emphasis on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We stock images by recognised masters such as Hill & Adamson, Roger Fenton or Julia Margaret Cameron as well as more eclectic examples illustrating the range of formats and processes used in the early years of the medium. This might include fine daguerreotypes, complete photograph albums, carbon or platinum prints by known or amateur photographers.
We are also interested in the work of early travel photographers, particularly those in the Middle and Far East. From later periods we hold work by British photographers specialising in fine art and documentary photography including Alvin Langdon Coburn, J. Dudley Johnston, Bill Brandt and Raymond Moore. We represent Roger Mayne's estate and Mike Seaborne.
Amsterdam, Fragment, 1989.
First edition of Aarsman’s first book, modest landscapes taken from the roof of his camper-van on a trip through the Netherlands. A significant player in the New Topography movement, Aarsman is also a novelist and playwright, and the narrative impulse to his photography is evident here. ‘The photos...
The Eloquent Light. Volume I [all published]. By Nancy Newhall.
San Francisco, Sierra Club, 1963.
First edition, Newhall’s copiously illustrated biography of Adams, to accompany a retrospective exhibition. No further volumes were published.
ANDERSON, James (1813–1877)
Theatre of Marcellus, Rome,
Another print from the same negative is in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay.
Ballet. Camera Studies by Gordon Anthony. With an introduction and notes by Arnold Haskell.
London, Geoffrey Bles, 1937.
The deluxe edition, no. 77 of 100 copies, signed by Anthony on the half-title verso. There was also a trade edition.
The First Year of HEISEI.
Tokyo, Inter Press Corporation, 1990.
History of Photography in China: Chinese Photographers 1844-1879.
London, Quaritch, 2013.
This book is the ﬁrst extensive survey of early Chinese photographers in any language. It is profusely illustrated with more than 400 photographs, many of which are published here for the ﬁrst time, including a ﬁne selection of Foochow landscapes from the studios of Lai Fong, China’s leading...
Paris, Contrejour, 1983.
First edition, with a short essay by Boubat. Humanity is central to Boubat’s joyful street photography, which has echoes of Cartier-Bresson and Doisneau; ‘Each photo is my first photo’, his introduction baldly states.
Providence, Matrix, 1980.
First edition, one of 100 copies signed by Callahan, with an original print (signed by Callahan in pencil and numbered 15) laid in. With a foreword by Jonathan Williams. An autodidact, feverish in production (a lifetime total of some 100,000 negatives) but stringent in editing, Callahan was also a relentless...
COBURN, Alvin Langdon.
London … with an Introduction by Hilaire Belloc.
London, Duckworth; New York, Brentano’s, .
First edition of Coburn’s first book, with twenty photogravures hand-pulled from his own press in Hammersmith.
C[OLOMBO]. A[POTHECARIES]. CO. LTD.
Caryota Urens (Kitul), Botanical Study,
Charles Scowen arrived in Ceylon around 1873 and was initially an assistant to R. Edley, the Commission Agent in Kandy before opening a photographic studio around 1876. By 1885 his photography firm had studios in Colombo and Kandy. Scowen was a later arrival to Ceylon than Skeen and his work is less...
ESTRIDGE, Henry Watley.
Six Years in Seychelles; with Photographs from Original Drawings.
[?London: ?the author], 1885.
First edition. Following a period in the army, Estridge (1837-1902) was appointed Collector of Customs at Mahé in the Seychelles (probably in 1880), and held the position until 1885, when he returned to England. In 1886 he took up the position of Receiver and Accountant-General, British Bechuanaland...
New York, Images Gallery, 1978.
First edition, no. 165 of 666 signed copies, with an original cibachrome print in a window mount. 47 unnerving multiple-exposure nudes, most with an accompanying haiku by John Hennessy.
The lazy Lays, and Prose Imaginings …
A. D. 1877 (Popular Chronology;) A. M. 5877 (Torquemada;) A. M. 50,800,077 (Huxley.) … London.
First edition, a presentation copy, of this eccentric collection of verse and prose by the photographer, spiritualist and journalist William Henry Harrison.
Kyoto, Korinsha Press, 1998.
First edition, signed by Homma on the inside rear cover; the text booklet, in Japanese and English, shows the locations of the photographs on the commuter rail-routes, plus essays by the architect Momoya Kaijima and the sociologist Shinji Miyadai.
Odalisques & Arabesques: Orientalist Photography 1839–1925.
[London], Quaritch, 2007.
Profusely illustrated, this is the most comprehensive survey to date of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography of the Middle East and North Africa. Using Orientalist painting as a counterpoint, it primarily relates the extraordinarily rich visual documentation of the peoples and cultures...
JACOBSON, Ken, and Jenny JACOBSON.
Carrying Off the Palaces: John Ruskin’s Lost Daguerreotypes.
London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2015.
The inspiration for this book was a remarkable discovery made by the authors at a small country auction in 2006. One lightly regarded lot was a distressed mahogany box crammed with long-lost early photographs. These daguerreotypes were later confirmed as once belonging to John Ruskin, the great 19th-century...
LA BLANCHÈRE, Henri de.
L’art du photographe comprenant les procédés complets sur papier et sur glace négatifs et positifs.
Paris, Amyot, 1860.
Second edition revised and enlarged (first 1859), rare.
Mexico City. With an Essay by James Oles.
New York, Doubletake/Norton, 1997.
First edition, no. 18 of 200 signed copies in a deluxe binding. To accompany a travelling exhibition of Levitt’s Mexico photos, shot over a few months in 1941; the essay by the photohistorian James Oles is in both English and Spanish versions.
Luxembourg Gdns, Paris,