New York: Alfred Stieglitz, 1909. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. 48pp. . Original grey paper wrappers with white lettering on the covers, specially mounted on grey cloth boards for Stieglitz. Pages uncut. Dated January, 1909. Cover design by Eduard Steichen. This copy contains a dated and signed warm inscription by Stieglitz (as "AS") to Agnes Ernst Meyer, in pencil at the top of the second initial blank.
This is issue #25 of the seminal quarterly art photography publication edited and published by pioneering American photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946). It contains a total of 9 photographic plates by celebrated California photographer Anne W. Brigman (1869-1950), Ema Spencer (1857-1941), C. Yarnall Abbott (1870-1938), and Frank Eugene (1865-1936). Brigman is notable in that she was the only member of the photo-secession group from the western United States. Also included are various essays and articles on photography from a number of notable and historically important contributors to the field, including photographers and art critics, many of whom were members of or associated with Alfred Stieglitz's Photo-Secession movement.
Brigman contributes the acclaimed works "The Soul of the Blasted Pine", "The Dying Cedar", "The Brook", "The Source" and "The Bubble". Spencer contributes "Girl with a Parasol", Abbott contributes "Sentinels", and Eugene contributes the portraits "Mr. Alfred Stieglitz" and "The Lady of Charlotte". Each image is beautifully reproduced from the original photograph in b/w or sepia-toned photogravure, and printed on tissue paper. In the case of the final two images from Frank Eugene, they are printed on smaller tissue and mounted on the full size tissue plates.
Written text includes the articles "Henri Matisse and Isadora Duncan" by Charles Caffin (1854 -1918), "The Home of the Golden Disk", an article about the closing of the Little Galleries at 291 Fifth Ave, written by Paul B. Haviland (1880 -1950), "Impressions of the Linked Ring Salon of 1908" by Joseph Keiley (1869-1914), "Personality in Photography - With a Word on Color" by Frederick Evans (1853-1943), "Henri Matisse; A Retrospective" by J.B. Kerfoot (1865-1927) and a short essays on the the work of Annie Brigman, by J. Nilsen Laurvik, among others. The final 16 unnumbered pages contain a full list of Photo-Secession members and beautifully printed period advertisements for photography- related businesses.
Binding with minor rubbing to extremities, light fraying to the head and tail of the spine. Spine sunned. A few minor examples of foxing to the edges of pages, with a few instances of smudges in the margins. Binding and interior in very good+ condition overall. vg+. Item #49999
* Agnes Ernst Meyer (1887-1970) was an American journalist, philanthropist, civil rights activist, and art patron. She was a close a collaborator and friend of photographer Alfred Stieglitz, with whom she publishing the arts and literary magazine "291" (from 1915-916). She first encountered the work of photo-secession group, when she chanced upon Stieglitz's Gallery 291, while work as a reporter for the New York Sun newspaper. She was one of the first female journalists to work at the paper. Due to this fact Stieglitz often referred to her as the "Sun Girl". Along with Katharine Rhoades and Marion Beckett she was known as the one of "The Three Graces" of the Alfred Stieglitz artistic circle. She is well known for her political activism throughout her life on behalf many causes, including public education and racial equality in America.