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ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1985)
ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1985)

Portfolio IV, What Majestic Word, In Memory of Russell Varian (1940-63)

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ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1985)
Portfolio IV, What Majestic Word, In Memory of Russell Varian (1940-63)
San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1963. 15 gelatin silver prints. Each signed in ink on the mount; portfolio label numbered 58 in red ink affixed to the reverse of each mount. Each contained in a paper folder with printed Roman numerals and excerpts from the writings and poems of Russell H. and John O. Varian. Varying sizes from 7 x 7in. to 9 x 11.5/8in. (18.4 x 19.7cm. to 22.9 x 29.5cm.) Title page; introduction by Dorothy Varian; colophon numbered in red ink; and list of plates. Number 58 from the limited edition of 260 (of which 250 were available for sale). Gray linen portfolio case with impressed gilt lettering.

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The plates include: Teklanika River, Mount McKinley National Park, Alaska, 1947; Sequoia Roots, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California, c.1950; Leaf, Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska, 1948; Dunes, Oceano, California, 1963; Cathedral Peak and Lake, Yosemite National Park, California, c.1960; Vernal Falls, Yosemite Valley, California, c.1948; Clearing Storm, Sonoma County Hills, 1962; Oak Tree, Sunset City, Sierra Foothills, California, 1963; Castle Rock, Summit Road above Saratoga, California, 1963; Northern California Coast Redwoods, c.1960; Orchard, Early Spring, Near Stanford University, California, c.1940; Siesta Lake, Yosemite National Park, California, c.1958; Storm Surf, Timber Cove, California, c.1960; Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California, 1941; and Sierra Nevada, Winter Evening, from the Owens Valley, California, 1962.
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