10 April 2008
ALVIN LANGDON COBURN
Moor Park. Rickmansworth. London: Elkin Mathews, 1915.
Quarto (228 x 185 mm). 20 photogravures, mounted-in as issued. (Scattered spotting on edges.) Original printed boards (spine ends with small chips, extremities lightly rubbed); cloth folding box. Provenance: Peter Bunnell, photo historian and scholar of American photography (inscription from Coburn dated Rhos-on-Sea, 24 October 1965; stamp).
FIRST EDITION. AN EXCELLENT COPY, INSCRIBED BY COBURN TO PETER BUNNELL, the great advocate of photography and historian of the subject, "in memory of a happy visit". Lady Ebury was compelled to sell Moor Park, the fine, eighteenth-century Hertfordshire mansion, suggesting that Coburn's series can be read as a memorial to a disappearing way of life. Coburn first visited Moor Park in 1906 -- the year he collaborated with Henry James to illustrate his works.
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