Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Camera Work, No. 1. An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine Devoted to Photography (Including "The Hand of Man" and images by Gertrude Käsebier) [INSCRIBED TO AGNES ERNST MEYER]

New York: Alfred Stieglitz, 1903. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. 66pp. [18 pages of publishers ads]. Original grey paper wrappers with white lettering on the covers, specially mounted on grey cloth boards for Stieglitz. Pages uncut. This copy is lovingly inscribed and dated, by Stieglitz to Agnes Ernst Meyer, as "the sun girl", in pencil at the top of the front free endpaper (without a signature). Cover design by Eduard Steichen. Dated January, 1903.

This is the landmark first issue of the seminal quarterly art photography publication edited and published by pioneering photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946). It contains a total of 8 photographic plates of famous and acclaimed images by photographers Gertrude Käsebier (1852-1934), Stieglitz, and nature photographer Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore (1870–1955). 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.

Käsebier, one of the central figures of the Photo-Secession movement, contributes six images: "Dorothy", "Serbonne", and the acclaimed works "Blessed Art Thou Among Women", "The Manger", her portrait of Evelyn Nesbit, and "The Red Man". Alfred Stieglitz contributes "The Hand of Man", one of his most famous images. The final image by Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore is titled "A Study in Natural History" and shows four birds on a branch. Nearly all the images are beautifully reproduced from the original photograph in b/w or sepia-toned photogravure, and printed on tissue paper, except for Käsebier's "Serbonne", which is printed in offset reproduction and pasted on cardstock. "The Red Man" and "The Hand of Man" are both finely printed in gravure but are printed heavy stock paper rather than tissue, one pasted on and one tipped in onto cardstock. In the case of "A Study in Natural History", the image is printed onto the tissue paper, which has then been pasted onto heavy stock paper. Additionally there are two offset photographic reproductions after original landscape paintings by D.W. Tyron and Puvis de Chavannes, as part of the essay 'Repetition, with Slight Variation'.

Text includes an initial piece written as an introduction to the magazine by Stieglitz, essays on the work of Gertrude Käsebier by Charles Caffin (1854 -1918) and Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952), 'A Chat on the London Photographic Salon' (including a list of American photographers exhibited there), 'Repetition, with Slight Variation' by Sidney Allan (Carl Sadakichi Hartmann, 1867 -1944), 'Signatures' by Eva Watson-Schütze (1867-1935), 'Ye Fakers' a short essay on photographic manipulation by Eduard Steichen, and an article on bird photography by Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore, among others. The final 18 unnumbered pages contain beautifully printed period advertisements for photography-related businesses.

Binding with some light to moderate rubbing to corners, most notably the head and tail of the spine. Spine lightly sunned with some scratches and stains. Smudging on the back cover. Minor damp staining to interior covers and endpapers. Light foxing to a number pages throughout, including some of the photographic plates, mostly confined to the margins. The only plate with foxing lightly affecting the image is Käsebier's "The Manger". The plate containing offset reproductions of the paintings (at p.30) is detached but present. Binding in very good-, interior in very good condition overall. vg- to vg. Item #50001

* 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.

Price: $12,000.00