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.
Shijyo. Tokyo – Marketplace of Emotions.
Zurich, Stemmle, 1998.
First edition, with essays by Zdenek Felix and Ulf Erdmann Ziegler. Provocative juxtpositions of richly coloured flower-studies with black & white street scenes and portraits from damaged negatives.
Portraits. Essay by Harold Rosenberg.
New York, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1976.
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.
Anges. Avec un texte d’Antoine Blondin.
Paris, Atelier d’Expression, 1974.
First edition, very scarce: small, touching images of religious festivals in Portugal, the children in the garb of angels.
Paris, Booking International, 1988
First English edition, reproducing the French edition of 1983 with an updated chronology and a textual rather than pictorial caption list.
Boston, New York Graphic Society, 1980.
First edition of the most comprehensive collection of Brandt’s nudes, including many hitherto unpublished images.
The Artists of my Life.
London, Thames & Hudson, 1982.
First edition, collecting Brassaï’s portraits of Matisse, Dalí, Miró, Giacometti etc.
New York, Time Inc., 1972
First edition, photos of the Vietnam War published after Burrows’s death in action.
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...
CHARGESHEIMER [i.e. Karl Heinz Hargesheimer], and Heinrich BÖLL.
Frankfurt am Main, Büchergilde Gutenberg, 1958.
First edition, on the Ruhr valley, with text by the future Nobel prize-winner.
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.
COLE, Alan Summerly.
Ancient Needlepoint and Pillow Lace. London,
Arundel Society, 1875.
Cole uses the permanent Woodburytype process to reproduce specimens of the finest ancient lace collected for the International Exhibition held in 1874 and explores the history and artistry of lace-making.
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...
Photographs. Introduction by Henry Geldzahler.
New York, Agrinde Publications, 1978.
First edition, signed by Davidson on the half-title.