London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
PHOTOBOOKS -- COBURN, Alvin Langdon. Men of Mark. London and New York: Duckworth & Co, and Mitchell Kennerley, 1913. Quarto (305 x 235 mm). 33 photogravures. (Occasional light spotting in the margins.) Original linen-backed cloth, front cover lettered in gilt (endpapers lightly browned, some spotting on the edges). Provenance: Alvin Langdon Coburn (presentation inscription to:) -- Edith Coburn.
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY COBURN TO HIS WIFE: 'To my dear little wife. From the author. Christmas 1914.' An excellent copy of Coburn's best-known book. Coburn married Edith Wightman Clement of Boston on 11 October 1912 in Trinity Church, New York. Perriton Maxwell, editor of Metropolitan Magazine, called Coburn 'the Sargent of Photography'. Imagining Paradise, p.236.
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