10 April 2008
Urformen der Kunst -- Archetypal Forms in Art. Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth, 1928.
Quarto (312 x 244 mm). 120 black and white photographs. (Minor marginal dampstaining at end.) Original green cloth, spine and front cover gilt lettered (fading to spine). Provenance: Clarence Kennedy (1892-1972), American photographer (gift inscription from his wife).
FIRST EDITION OF BLOSSFELDT'S MASTERPIECE, highlighting the relationship between nature and art; it is "one of the most striking books in photographic history, as well as one of the most popular" (The Photobook). From the collection of photographer Clarence Kennedy. 101 Books, pp.48-9 ("immensely popular... austerely elegant"); Fotografia Publica, p.59; The Open Book, pp.66-7; The Photobook, vol. I, p.96 ("striking and beguiling").
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