10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 13,750
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
Changing New York. New York: E.P. Dutton & Company Inc, 1939.
Quarto (285 x 220 mm). 97 black and white photographs. Original blue cloth, spine and upper cover gilt-lettered, original photo-illustrated dust jacket (some minor wear to spine ends and edges, a few small repairs on verso); black cloth folding case. Provenance: Barbara and Wieland Morgan (presentation inscription from Abbott).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, IN THE RARE DUST JACKET INSCRIBED TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER BARBARA MORGAN: "For Barbara and Wieland Morgan, Serial Dedication, Berenice Abbott." "Changing New York not only fulfils Abbott's criterion for the historical importance of the documentary mode, but also demonstrates its power as a medium of personal expression" (The Photobook). Barbara Morgan's portrait of Abbott, 'Berenice Abbott with Cat', is in the Museum of Contemporary Photography. 101 Books, pp.100-1 ("A LANDMARK OF ARTFULLY ARTLESS DOCUMENTATION"); The Open Book, pp.130-1; The Photobook, vol. I, p.141 ("splendid new vision-style cover" -- apparently the only aspect of the book's design over which Abbott had some creative control).
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