"WE ARE REMINDED, AGAIN AND AGAIN, OF HOW MUCH WE HAVE IN COMMON WITH THE GREAT APES" (GOODALL): SIGNED BY EACH OF THE 29 ATTENDING PHOTOGRAPHERS AT THE LAUNCH OF REMEMBERING GREAT APES, ONE OF ONLY 50 SIGNED BY JANE GOODALL AND VIRGINIA MCKENNA
(GOODALL, Jane) (RAGGETT, Margot). Remembering Great Apes. (London): Wildlife Photographers United (Remembering Wildlife Ltd), (2018). Large square quarto (11 by 12 inches), original brown cloth, photographic label affixed to front cover. Housed together with photographic print in envelope in original brown cloth clamshell box, in original shipping carton. $4600.
Signed limited first edition of this amazing photographic tribute to the great apes, this copy number 50 of only 50 produced, signed by both Jane Goodall and Virginia McKenna on a leaf mounted to the inside cover of the presentation box, the book itself signed on the title page by 29 of the photographers who attended the launch of this book, and further embellished with a lovely original full-page pencil drawing of an orangutan based on a photograph by Suzi Eszterhas drawn by the artist Karen Laurence-Rowe. With a color photographic print of a gorilla by Paul Goldstein, signed by him and numbered 50/100, laid in as issued.
This volume is a splendid collection of full-page and double-page photographs and portraits of gorillas (eastern and western), orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos, as captured by some of the world's pre-eminent wildlife photographers, many of whom have signed this book on the title page. "This is a fantastic book. These iconic photographs of bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, living wild and free in their forest homes, bring us face to face with our closest relatives. And these are photographs captured by some of the very best wildlife photographers of our times. It is impossible to look at these pictures without feeling empathy for the individuals depicted. The intelligence in their eyes; the tenderness of a mother's interactions with her infant; the confident stance of an adult male; the joyful exuberance of childhood. We are reminded, again and gain, of how much we have in common with the great apes" (Jane Goodall, in her Foreword). Goodall goes on to note that all proceeds from the original sale of this volume "will go to great ape conservation efforts." Karen Laurence-Rowe's original drawing is found on page 19. Original auction catalogue sheet for this item from the year of publication laid in.
A lovely volume in fine condition, unique with its original drawing and splendid collection of photographer's signatures accompanying Goodall's signature.