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“A DISTINCTIVE INTERPRETATION AS WELL AS A PRICELESS DOCUMENT”: CHANGING NEW YORK, INSCRIBED BY BERENICE ABBOTT

ABBOTT, Berenice. Changing New York. New York, 1939.

First edition of Abbott's landmark photo-essay on New York City, inscribed by Abbott, "For J— and E— with warmest regards Berenice Abbott Blanchard Maine August '67," featuring 97 brilliant halftone plates that display "the historical importance of the documentary mode… its power as a medium of personal expression" (Parr & Badger). $9000.

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INSCRIBED BY BERENICE ABBOTT, NELL DORR, LOTTE JACOBI AND OTHERS,
ACCOMPANIED BY ONE OF ABBOTT’S SILVER GELATIN PRINTS

MITCHELL, Margareta K. Recollections. Ten Women of Photography. New York, 1979.

First edition of this tribute to ten leading women photographers: Berenice Abbott, Ruth Bernhard, Carlotta M. Corpron, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Nell Dorr, Toni Frissell, Laura Gilpin, Lotte Jacobi, Consuelo Kanaga and Barbara Morgan. An exceptional presentation copy warmly inscribed by six of the photographers and the author to Anna Winand, long associated with New York’s International Center of Photography, which housed the landmark exhibit accompanying this volume: “For Anna, Why can’t I have met you before this farewell. This Hail and Farewell-Nell Dorr”; “For Anna, with good wishes and love, Lotte’; “Carlotta M. Corpron”; “Thank you, Anna, Ruth Bernhard, Berenice Abbott”; “For Anna, All best wishes-Barbara Morgan”; “For Anna, With thanks for your presence at ICP! Love from Margaretta.” This copy also with a laid-in silver gelatin print (8 by 10 inches), with “Berenice Abbott” inscribed on the verso by Winand. $7500.

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“A DISTINCTIVE INTERPRETATION OF NEW YORK”: SCARCE EARLY GELATIN SILVER PRINT OF ABBOTT’S “GLASS BRICK AND BROWNSTONE FRONTS”

ABBOTT, Berenice. Photograph. No place, circa 1940.

Early gelatin silver print of a key 1938 photograph by Berenice Abbott, one of the select images chosen for her masterwork, Changing New York (1939), capturing the striking contrasts of style in an ever-evolving and restless Manhattan though Abbott’s image of the two buildings on East 48th Street—the boldly remodeled office of modernist architect William Lescase and a neighboring brownstone—captioned below the image on print mount, handsomely mounted and matted. $2000.

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“IT WAS AN EASY, QUICK, ADVENTUROUS AGE, GOOD TO BE YOUNG IN”

COWLEY, Malcolm. Exile"s Return. New York, 1981.

First signed limited edition, number 690 of 2000 copies, signed by Cowley and photographer Berenice Abbott, with 12 full-page photogravures by Abbott, Man Ray, André Kertész, Alvin Coburn and Walker Evans. $1100.

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“THE PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THIS BOOK ARE TRUE PIONEERS”

MITCHELL, Margareta K. Recollections. Ten Women of Photography. New York, 1979.

First edition of this tribute to ten leading women photographers: Berenice Abbott, Ruth Bernhard, Carlotta M. Corpron, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Nell Dorr, Toni Frissell, Laura Gilpin, Lotte Jacobi, Consuelo Kanaga and Barbara Morgan, featuring over 180 full-page photogravures. $500.

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