10 April 2008
Frederick Sommer. 1939-1962. Photographs. New York: Aperture, 1963.
Small folio (235 x 205 mm). 30 black and white photographs. Original white cloth, lettered in black on spine (some minor soiling along edges); black cloth folding case. Provenance: Peter Bunnell, photo historian and scholar of American photography (presentation inscription from Sommer; stamp).
FIRST EDITION, THE RARE HARDCOVER ISSUE. A PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY SOMMER TO PETER BUNNELL: "Dear Peter, many happy returns on this beautiful day at Princeton -- that is yours. Fred. Oct. 24, 1979." A small number of these cloth-bound copies, probably less than 50, were made for Sommer for private distribution. "An almost perfect monograph"; "this early enactment of Sommer's ideas about the workings of linguistic and pictorial logic is a gem" (101 Books). RARE. 101 Books, pp.162-3; The Open Book, pp.192-3.
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