31 May 2007
Urformen der Kunst -- Archetypal Forms in Art. Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth, 1928. Quarto (312 x 244mm). 120 black and white photographs. Original green cloth, spine and front cover blocked in gilt, original photo-illustrated dust-jacket (spotting on endpapers, dust-jacket with tears and small loss, some soiling, back panel with light spotting and light damp stain). Provenance: contemporary collector's bookplate, and small shelf-ticket.
Second edition, published the year after the first, IN THE RARE DUST-JACKET. BLOSSFELDT'S MASTERPIECE, highlighting the relationship between nature and art, is 'ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING BOOKS IN PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY, AS WELL AS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR' (The Photobook). Cf. 101 Books, pp.48-9 ('immensely popular... austerely elegant'); Fotografia Publica, p.59; The Open Book, pp.66-7; The Photobook, p.96 ('striking and beguiling').
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