10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 7,500
Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 8,000
Steichen. The Photographer. Text by Carl Sandburg. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1929.
Quarto (312 x 240 mm). 49 full-page sepia photographs. Original black cloth, spine and covers lettered and ruled in gilt (extremities lightly rubbed); publisher's slipcase; black cloth folding case. Provenance: Dr. Mehemed Fehmy Agha (1896-1978), art director at Conde Nast (presentation inscription).
FIRST EDITION. LIMITED ISSUE, number 64 of 925 copies signed by Steichen and Sandburg. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY STEICHEN TO THE ART DIRECTOR AT CONDE NAST: "For Dr. Agha Because of his excellent judgement and swift and flexible appreciation of the relative merits of this & that, thereby making life easier and more agreeable for me in matters pertaining to them. Steichen (dedication #2)." A sumptuous book which "includes a broad and cleverly sequenced array of Steichen's work... When the book was published Steichen was probably the most famous and best paid photographer in America" (101 Books). A FINE ASSOCIATION: as art director of House & Garden and Vanity Fair, Agha was a pioneer with the use of sans serif typefaces, the duotone, full color photographs and bleed images. Agha led the field in the use of top photographers of his day and championed Edward Steichen, Cecil Beaton, Edward Weston, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and many others. 101 Books, pp.54-7; The Open Book, pp.86-7; Regards à travers le livre 4 ("magnificent photographs"). A FINE ASSOCIATION COPY.
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