Photography

Contact Lindsey Stewart, Joanna Skeels or Donovan Rees

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.

  1. VAN MONCKHOVEN, Désiré.

    Traité d’optique photographique comprenant la description des objectifs et appareils d’agrandissement.

    Paris, Victor Masson et fils, 1866.

    First edition. Van Monckhoven developed an optical enlarging apparatus which he patented in Belgium in 1863, and for which he later applied for patents in England and France. The innovation described in this work earned him the bronze medal at the Paris international exhibition of 1867.

    £300

  2. ANDERSON, James (1813–1877)

    Theatre of Marcellus, Rome,

    circa 1860

    Another print from the same negative is in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay.

    £4500

  3. HARRISON, William.

    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.

    £850

  4. 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...

    £6000

  5. SCOWEN & CO.

    Kigelia Pinnata,

    circa 1880s, printed 1890s.

    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...

    £500

  6. C[OLOMBO]. A[POTHECARIES]. CO. LTD.

    Caryota Urens (Kitul), Botanical Study,

    circa 1880–90s.

    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...

    £250

  7. COBURN, Alvin Langdon.

    London … with an Introduction by Hilaire Belloc.

    London, Duckworth; New York, Brentano’s, [1909].

    First edition of Coburn’s first book, with twenty photogravures hand-pulled from his own press in Hammersmith.

    £10000

  8. NEUHAUSS, Dr. Richard.

    Microphotographs of snow crystals and ice structures,

    1892 –93.

    Dr. Richard Neuhauss (1855 –1915) was an anthropologist and doctor of tropical medicine, who took a world tour in 1884. He had a broad interest in scientific photography, which he used for academic purposes, and in 1894, alongside his professional work, he became the director and editor of the Photography...

    £1200

  9. RICCI, Giovanni and PORTA, Ercolano.

    Storia della missione francescana e del Vicariato Apostolico del Hunan meridionale dalle sue...

    Bologna, Stabilimenti tipografici riuniti, 1925.

    First and only edition of this history of the Franciscan Mission in South Hunan from its establishment to 1924, with particular attention to the persecution of the Christians during the Boxer Rebellion and the following years of restoration and progress of the mission. The appendix comprises letters,...

    £450

  10. PIECK, Henri C.

    10 Dagen Die De Wereld Deden Wankelen.

    Amsterdam, Skovino, 1927.

    A rare lithograph of Pieck’s dramatic illustration for Ten Days that Shook the World (October in English), a silent film commissioned by the Soviet government to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the October Revolution. Made by the director of Battleship Potemkin (1925), Sergei Eisenstein, the...

    £300

  11. [NATIONAL SOCIALISM]

    Reichstagung in Nürnberg 1934.

    Berlin, Vaterlaendischer Verlag C. A. Weller, 1934.

    First edition. A handsome substantially photographic tribute to the 1934 Nazi party rally at Nuremberg, aiming to display the physical and military strength of the new Germany both to the German nation and the rest of the world. The numerous images cover all aspects of the rally, including images of...

    £250

  12. ANTHONY, Gordon.

    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.

    £350

  13. TUGGENER, Jakob.

    Fabrik. Ein Bildepos der Technik.

    Erlenbach-Zürich, Rotapfel, 1943.

    First edition, an iconic photoessay on man and machine in harmony, published in an industrially progressive (and politically neutral) Switzerland. ‘Tuggener moves effortlessly between large-format lucidity and grainy, blurred impressionism, in a book that is a decade ahead of its time’ (Parr & Badger)....

    £1500

  14. STRAND, Paul.

    Time in New England.

    New York, Oxford University Press, 1950.

    First edition; Strand’s images accompany historical texts selected by Nancy Newhall.

    £200