Yosemite National Park / Boston: Virginia Adams / Houghton Mifflin, 1950. First edition. Hardback. Inscribed on front free endpaper: "To Hank from Edward with many happy memories–" with Hank referring to Weston's close friend Henry Swift, a founding member of the legendary Group f64. Folio. 79 (1)pp. Original spiral-bound black boards with white lettering on cover, in original photo-illustrated dustjacket. Laid in a special print of "Panamints, Death Valley" by Edward Weston, 1938. Two-hundred-Fifty copies reproduced especially for advance subscribers to "My Camera on Point Lobos"; Virginia Adams and Houghton Mifflin Company, 1950.
30 photographs and excerpts from Edward Weston's daybook. "My work is always a few jumps ahead of what I say about it. I am simply a means to an end: I cannot, at the time, say why I record a thing in a certain way, or why I record it at all. The artist is an instrument through which inarticulate mankind speaks: he may be a prophet who at a needed moment points the way, forming the future, or he may be born at a time when his work is a culmination, a flowering in soil already prepared. If my work has vitality it is because I have done my part in revealing to others the living world about them, showing to them what their own untrained eyes had missed." (Weston). Beautiful collection of photographs showing Point Lobos with its spectacular cypress trees clinging to the edge of the continental shelf.
DJ with some wear along edges, small chips, tears and creasing at top of inside back flap, and 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 triangular chip in lower left corner of back cover. Boards with light wear along edges and crease in lower right corner of front cover. Text pages at rear with 1/4 x 3" stain at top near gutter, diminishing in margins of last five photographic plates, not affecting images at all. Block with light age-toning along margins, not affecting images. Limited print with light wear and age-toning along top and foredge and minor abrasion in lower left corner of print. DJ in overall good, binding, interior and print in very good condition. g to vg. Item #45402