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COLETTE

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Item Description: 1900. Signed. COLETTE.Autograph Letter Signed.No place: no date.Autograph letter signed by Colette, framed with a photograph of the author wearing a man's suit and tie, smoking a cigarette.The letter reads, in French: "No points! Dear Monsieur and friend, I'm making a lot of trouble for you. And, all I have to 'do my errands' with is a ratty old market basket! Can I have one which is made out of respectable cloth? If I had legs, you'd see me at the Galeries all the time. I thank you once again." In a postscript she adds: "And Monsieur Lemaréchal, who showed off a piece of soap to me! I don't dare remind him about it."Fine condition, boldly signed. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 101587

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PYNCHON, Thomas

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Item Description: 1966. First Edition. PYNCHON, Thomas.The Crying of Lot 49.Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, (1966).First edition of Pynchon’s second novel, his "haunting tryst with America" (New York Times), an especially fine copy in scarce original dust jacket."The wealth of invention is overwhelming Pynchon's trick of sitting the action on the edge of absurdity without letting it fall off is carefully performed" (Parker, 20th Century Novel, 428). Crying of Lot 49 achieves "a haunting sequence of imagined human situations, typical and pathetic ones, fused with the particularized power that shows Pynchon's own obsession with the encoded messages of the American landscape. What is also noticeable is that the major character is really Pynchon himself, Pynchon's voice with its capacity to move from the elegy to the epic catalogue But then, how else should one imagine a tryst with America? And that is what this novel is" (New York Times).Mead A2.A fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 102941

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BILLINGS, C.K.G.

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Item Description: 1910. First Edition. (BILLINGS, C.K.G.) FERREE, Barr.Fort Tryon Hall.New York: issued privately by the owner, 1910.Privately printed first edition of this catalogue of the Billings estate at Fort Tryon in Manhattan, richly illustrated with 11 full-page photogravures of the exterior and interior of Tryon Hall, 46 full-page photogravures of paintings and eight photogravures of fine ceramics in Billings' collection, and three photogravures of paintings of famous horses that he owned. Finely printed and handsomely bound in full morocco with the Billings' coat of arms by the Riverside Press.Cornelius Kingsley Garrison Billings (1861-1937) was a wealthy industrialist and a noted horseman. Tryon Hall, his splendid mansion, stable, and riding grounds, comprised an area of about 25 acres in the northern part of Manhattan Island, between Broadway and Riverside Drive, and 193rd and 198th Streets, and was generally considered the most lavish private house in Manhattan and one of the finest houses in the United States at the time. In 1916 Billings sold the house and grounds to John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Tryon Hall burned in a spectacular fire in 1926, and the city accepted Rockefeller’s gift of the new 67-acre Fort Tryon Park, which opened in 1935.Interior clean, binding nicely restored, gilt bright. An excellent copy of this record of one of the great historic Manhattan estates from the final days of the Gilded Age. Bookseller Inventory # 101150

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SODDY, Frederick

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Item Description: 1932. First Edition. Signed. SODDY, Frederick.The Interpretation of the Atom.London: John Murray, (1932).First and only edition, presentation copy, of Frederick Soddy’s second book on physics and radioactivity, with two folding tables and dozens of half-tones, inscribed on a tipped-in slip: "J. Joly Esq. F.R.S., Somerset House, Temple Road, Dublin. Thanks for the use of illustrations. FS. October 1932."The Interpretation of the Atom, Soddy’s second book, is an analysis of the rapid developments in radioactivity and atomic theory in the early decades of the 20th century. A pioneer in atomic theory, Soddy was Rutherford’s collaborator in, among other things, the crucial alpha-ray experiments that led to their revolutionary disintegration theory of radioactivity. Together, "they showed how the radioactive element thorium decayed at a fixed rate over time into a series of other elements [which] led to the concept of ‘half life" (Simmons, The Scientific 100 19). As a result of their experiments in radioactivity, Soddy independently became the first to recognize that chemically identical atoms of different atomic weights were all varieties of the same atom, leading him to coin the term "isotope" (Jenkins-Jones, 446). In 1921, he was awarded the Nobel Prize "for his contributions to the knowledge of the chemistry of radioactive substances and his investigations on the occurrence and nature of isotopes" (Callum & Taylor, 143).Slight foxing to half title and scattered mottling to original cloth. Light edge-wear and minor sunning to rear panel of scarce original dust jacket. A near-fine inscribed copy with an outstanding association. Bookseller Inventory # 50588

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LEWIS, C.S.

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Item Description: 1951. First Edition. LEWIS, C.S.Prince Caspian.London: Geoffrey Bles, (1951).First edition of the second book in Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia, with numerous illustrations by Pauline Baynes, including a color frontispiece.Lewis’ cherished Chronicles of Narnia "must be judged the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-century author" (Carpenter & Prichard, 370). In this, the series’ second volume, the Pevensie siblings help Narnia’s rightful ruler reclaim his throne. The Narnia tales rank "among the great classics of the [20th] century. Adored by children and academics alike, these books are extremely collectable, sought-after, scarce" (Connolly, 186).Cotsen 6449.Book fine, dust jacket extremely good with very light toning, light rubbing to edges including two short closed tears to front panel. A lovely copy. Bookseller Inventory # 67208

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THOMAS, Dylan

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Item Description: 1939. First Edition. Signed. THOMAS, Dylan.The Map of Love. Verse and Prose.London: J.M. Dent and Sons, (1939).First edition in book form, warmly inscribed by Thomas: "Bunny, forever, from Dylan. May 1943."With frontispiece portrait of Thomas after the painting by Augustus John. Among the works included in this collection of poems and lyrical prose, which had all appeared in periodicals and which here make up Thomas's third book, are "When all my Five and Country Senses see," "After the Funeral," "Not from this Anger," and "The Mouse and the Woman."Maud, 5.Book fine, dust jacket near-fine with small stains front panel and a few closed tears, and mild toning to spine. A most desirable inscribed copy with an interesting provenance. Bookseller Inventory # 101646

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CONRAD, Joseph

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Item Description: 1917. Signed. CONRAD, Joseph.Autograph letter signed.Capel House, Orlestone [Kent], November 6, 1917.Fine two-page autograph letter signed by Joseph Conrad during World War I, mentioning two of his books, Lord Jim and Typhoon, as well as his two sons, one of which (his oldest, Borys) he refers to as "a young man at the front."Conrad addresses an unnamed correspondent: "The books are going by tonight's post, a copy of Lord Jim containing a most repulsive photograph of the author—but one can't stop that sort of thing—the other is an Am. copy of the blue-leather edition of Typhoon. You'll find inside the latest photograph of myself—which tells its own tale, tho' I don't think it can convey any information to the enemy. Perhap, if pasted on the fly-leaf, it may help to fetch a few pence more for the copy of Typhoon. But if you don't think so may I ask you to post it back to me as there are only 3 more copies in existence, of which one reposes in the pocket-book of a young man at the front and the other two are in this house belonging to my wife and the small boy. I've signed both books as requested. Yours very faithfully, J. Conrad." Conrad's son Borys was a soldier at this time—the "young man at the front" he refers to—and "the small boy" would have been his second son, John.One fold line, a bit of dust soiling, thin strip of paper affixed to right margin on verso, probably the remnants of a hinge where the letter was tipped into a book or album. Minor smudges to closing and signature. Very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 100990

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KENNEDY, Robert; KENNEDY, John F.

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Item Description: 1945. First Edition. Signed. (KENNEDY, Robert) KENNEDY, John F.As We Remember Joe.Cambridge, MA: Privately printed at the University Press, 1945.First edition, second issue (of only 250 copies), of this tribute to the eldest of the Kennedy brothers, inscribed by Robert Kennedy to his successor as Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach: "For Nick, Bob Kennedy. Christmas 1965." Privately printed for family and friends.John F. Kennedy edited this collection of 20 essays (and also wrote the first, "My Brother Joe") memorializing his eldest brother, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., who won the Naval Cross and was killed in action in 1944. Privately printed for family and friends.Very faint foxing to preliminaries, minor rust mark to front pastedown, original cloth quite lovely. A very nearly fine inscribed copy. Bookseller Inventory # 101398

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GIBRAN, Kahlil

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Item Description: 1919. First Edition. Signed/Limited. GIBRAN, Kahlil.Twenty Drawings.New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1919.Signed limited first edition, number 53 of 100 copies signed by Gibran, beautifully illustrated with a color frontispiece and black-and-white drawings by Gibran.Best known for his poetry, Kahlil Gibran was a gifted artist, having studied with Rodin in Paris. This first volume of Gibran's artwork in English (and only his second book published in the United States) contains 20 of his early works, primarily of nudes. "When Twenty Drawings was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1919, it was reviewed as having drawings 'of graceful emotional exposition of form" (The Nation, 1922). This title sold only a few hundred copies at the time of publication, and Gibran continued to toil in obscurity until the publication of The Prophet in 1923, also illustrated by Gibran, which became the third best-selling work of poetry of all time.Front inner paper hinge split, plates fine; a bit of toning and wear to binding as usual. An extremely good copy. Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 102256

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STOWE, Harriet Beecher

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Item Description: 1896. Signed/Limited. STOWE, Harriet Beecher.Writings. Sixteen volumes. WITH: Life and Letters.Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1896, 1897.Together, seventeen volumes.Signed limited large-paper edition, number 219 of only 250 sets signed and dated ("Jany 7th 1896") by Harriet Beecher Stowe in Volume I, with 33 illustrated frontispieces and title pages, handsomely bound in publisher’s three-quarter morocco gilt. Autographed on the fly leaf by the author for this edition "a few months before her death."A collection of Stowe’s prose and poetry, including Uncle Tom’s Cabin and A Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp, The Minister’s Wooing, her New England books, and seven first printings of lesser works, with a separate posthumously published collection of her letters with biographical commentary.BAL 19508, 19509.A fine set, handsomely bound. Bookseller Inventory # 66284

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FULLER, Thomas

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Item Description: 1650. First Edition. FULLER, Thomas.A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof, with the History of the Old and New Testament acted thereon.London: John Williams, 1650.First edition of this classic work, with engraved title page, engraved armorial plate, large detailed folding map of Palestine on two sheets, 20 double-page maps—including one of Jerusalem—and seven double-page plates. A very nice, crisp copy in contemporary calf boards.Fuller's work is noted for the splendid maps of the Holy Land, elaborately detailed with vignettes, emblems and scenes. "This curious and singular work is not a mere geographical work, but contains many things relating to Jewish antiquities, and to the manners and customs of the people" (Lowndes, 848). "Pisgah-Sight is one of the great books on the topography of the Holy Land" (Maps of the Holy Land, 130). Based on printed sources rather than actual travel, Fuller's great work reflects the European interest at the time in the topography of the Holy Land, as well as the Ark of the Covenant, the Tabernacle, and the Temple, all presumably of divine origin.Wing F2455. Gibson SVIII:1. Cox I:208.A few minor expert paper repairs to a few folding plates and plans. Pastedowns present but unstuck; strips of vellum cut from a charter of Richard II used to reinforce hinges. Light rubbing to corners and spine head. Internally very fine and crisp, an excellent and desirable copy in sound and attractive contemporary calf boards. Bookseller Inventory # 101375

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SMITH, Betty

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Item Description: 1943. First Edition. Signed. SMITH, Betty.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.New York: Harper & Brothers, (1943).First edition of Betty Smith’s scarce first novel, inscribed, "To Bill with love, Betty Smith, June 1960, Chapel Hill, N. Car."Betty Smith credited Thomas Wolfe’s 1935 novel Of Time and the River with releasing her childhood memories of tenement life in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. Her first novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, was published in 1943. "At the time of Smith’s death, six million copies had been produced in 37 printings, and it had been translated into 16 languages. The novel itself is beautifully written and unpretentious, a powerful evocation of a time and place" (DAB).Bruccoli & Clark III:296. New York Public Library Books of the Century, 207.Interior fine; light rubbing to cloth extremities, fading to spine. Mild wear, shallow chipping to extremities of bright dust jacket. An extremely good copy, scarce inscribed. Bookseller Inventory # 78153

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WILLIAMS, Tennessee; MALDEN, Karl; TANDY, Jessica; BRANDO, Marlon

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Item Description: 1947. First Edition. Signed Trade. (BRANDO, Marlon; TANDY, Jessica; HUNTER, Kim; MALDEN, Karl) WILLIAMS, Tennessee.A Streetcar Named Desire.New York: New Directions, (1947).First edition of Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, a rare association copy containing signatures and inscriptions of lead actors Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, along with eight additional members of the Broadway cast: Gee Gee James, Peg Hillias, Edna Thomas, Richard Carlyle, Nick Dennis, Ann Dere, Richard Garrick, and Henry Barnard (replacing Vito Christi).Critically praised as "superb" and "fascinating," Streetcar Named Desire brought Williams his second New York Drama Critics' Circle Award—and a Pulitzer Prize. Williams himself considered this his best play (Devlin, 50). Elia Kazan directed the original production that opened in New Haven on October 30, 1947 before moving to Broadway on December 3. This exceptional association copy is inscribed on the half title above a taped photogravure of Brando, who starred as Stanley Kowalski, "To Elaine, Regards Marlon Brando," with "To Elaine, Jessica Tandy," who played Blanch DuBois. Title page verso with inscriptions and signatures: "Hi Toledo, Gee Gee James" (Negro Woman), "Only the best always, Edna Thomas" (Mexican Woman). "Karl Malden [Mitch] Thank you," [signed] Nick Dennis (Pablo Gonzales), and "Best love, honey, Peg [Hillias]" (Eunice Hubbell). Cast page with inscribed, "Remember Ann Dere?" (Nurse), and the signatures of: Kim Hunter (Stella Kowalski), Dick Carlyle (Tamale Vendor), Richard Garrick (Doctor), and Henry Barnard (who replaced Vido Christi as A Young Collector). Among Streetcar's major achievements was a depiction of the working class that set it apart from standard social commentary. "No one dared approach this new thing without caution. They had just witnessed something unprecedented" (Sam Staggs).Crandell A5.I.a.Text fresh, only light edge-wear to bright boards. A rare inscribed about-fine association copy of this famed classic of the American theater. Bookseller Inventory # 101644

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MERCURY ASTRONAUTS; CAIDIN, Martin

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Item Description: 1960. First Edition. Signed. CAIDIN, Martin.The Astronauts.New York: E.P. Dutton, 1960.First edition of this introduction to Project Mercury, inscribed "To Donna —— with best wishes from the Mercury Astronauts" and signed by all seven of the original astronauts—Virgil I. Grissom, John H. Glenn, Jr., Walter Schirra, M. Scott Carpenter, Donald K. Slayton, Leroy G. Cooper, Jr. and Alan B. Shepard, Jr.—as well as by author Martin Caidin.Noted aeronautics and aviation author Caidin fueled readers' excitement for Project Mercury with this informative book. Caidin presents a wealth of technical and logistical information about the program's rockets and capsules, clear summaries of its goals and brief biographical profiles of the seven men who captured the national imagination as they bore the American standard in the race to the stars. "The first seven American astronauts were an admirable group of individuals chosen to sit at the apex of a pyramid of human effort They chose to lead by following the opportunity that chance, circumstance, technology and history had prepared for them" (Swenson, Grimwood & Alexander, 164-65).Book fine with light offsetting to endpapers; inscription and all signatures bold and easily legible. Dust jacket with slight rubbing to spine ends, tiny closed tear to front panel. A beautiful copy in very nearly fine condition, most desirable and rare signed by all of the Mercury astronauts. Bookseller Inventory # 101535

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BACON, Francis

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Item Description: 1620. First Edition. BACON, Francis.Novum Organum.London: John Bill, 1620.First edition of Bacon’s Novum Organum (a "new instrument" to replace the old Organon of Aristotle), which had a revolutionary impact on early modern science by laying the foundation of the inductive method.Bacon’s "insistence on making science experimental and factual, rather than speculative and philosophical, had powerful consequences. He saw clearly the limitations of Aristotelian and scholastic methods and the growing breach between the thinking of his time and that of the Middle Ages is more precisely formulated than in that of, say, Tommaso Campanella or Giordano Bruno. As a philosopher Bacon’s influence on Locke and through him on subsequent English schools of psychology and ethics was profound. Leibniz, Huygens and particularly Robert Boyle were deeply indebted to him, as were the Encyclopédistes, and Voltaire, who called him ‘le père de la philosophie experimentale" (PMM). Although the engraved allegorical title—with its evocative engraving of a modern explorer’s ship setting confident sail through the Pillars of Hercules, the edge of the world as far as the ancients knew it—gives the title as the "Instauratio Magna", the book constitutes the planned second part of Part II of the Instauratio (the first part having already appeared as De Augmentis and Book I of The Advancement of Learning). Bacon planned the greater whole in six parts, recalling the six days of the Creation (the plan of the whole work is first printed here), but never completed it. The Novum Organum remains its most influential part. The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society were soon to be filled with exactly the kind of "Histories", careful collections of experimental data, that Bacon here recommends.Gibson 103b. Grolier/Horblit 8b (1st issue). Norman I:98. PMM 119.Very infrequent scattered light foxing, with occasional marginal pinpoint wormholing, not affecting readability. Age-wear to contemporary calf boards, with a few cuts, wormholes on rear board. A desirable copy in very good condition of this landmark. Bookseller Inventory # 80424

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FITZGERALD, F. Scott

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Item Description: 1934. Signed. FITZGERALD, F. Scott.Tender is the Night.New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.First edition, third printing (only one month after the first), in scarce original first-issue dust jacket, boldly inscribed by the author: "Souvenir of Wilmington from F. Scott Fitzgerald to J. Stuart Groves.""For the title of his favorite among his books, the one he had wrought most painfully and carefully from his costly experience, Fitzgerald hit on a phrase from the 'Ode to a Nightingale,' evoking that poem's timeless images of flight, dissolution, and the sweetness of death it was Fitzgerald's most ambitious work, his intended masterpiece Everything hinged on Tender is the Night He had Gatsby to his credit, but he wasn't sure about Gatsby (Turnbull, 241-6). Cyril Connally called Tender is the Night "a wonderful evocation of the second phase of American expatriates ensconced in glittering villas on the Riviera in contrast to the home-spun tipplers of The Sun Also Rises. The break-down of a marriage is described with flashes of genius by an expert in self-destruction" (The Modern Movement, 79).Bruccoli A15.I.c.Book fine. Scarce unrestored first-issue dust jacket extremely good with several small chips to spine and minor edge-wear, split along front spine fold; bright and unfaded. A near-fine inscribed copy. Bookseller Inventory # 68091

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WAUGH, Evelyn

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Item Description: 1934. First Edition. WAUGH, Evelyn.A Handful of Dust.London: Chapman and Hall, (1934).First edition of Waugh’s fourth novel, a highly memorable association copy from the library of famed author and lawyer Louis Auchincloss—pre-eminent "chronicler of Manhattan’s old-money elite" (New York Times)—with his gilt-stamped bookplate and embossed inkstamp, scarce in original unrestored dust jacket."It was during his two months in Morocco at the beginning of 1934 that Evelyn Waugh wrote the major part of A Handful of Dust. From the start he realised that this was different from anything he had attempted before." With its title taken from a line in Eliot’s The Waste Land—"I will show you fear in a handful of dust"—Waugh’s masterpiece marks a turning point in his work, representing "a level of achievement very much higher than any he had previously attained" (Hastings, 307-13). Critics praised the work as "the best written novel Waugh has yet produced" (New Statesman), with a story that is "both tragic and hilariously funny" (Saturday Review).Only lightest edge-wear to fine book; some chipping, slight toning to scarce very good dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 80114

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JACOBI, Lotte

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Item Description: 1978. First Edition. Signed. JACOBI, Lotte.Portfolio I.New Hampshire: Self-published, 1978.Limited artist’s proof portfolio, number four of only five copies, a rare self-published edition containing ten original silver gelatin hors commerce proofs, each signed and numbered in pencil by Jacobi on the lower corner of the image, featuring some of her finest portraiture from before 1940, including her trademark Self-Portrait, her famous image of Einstein in a leather jacket and portraits of leading Weimar figures such as Lotte Lenya, Peter Lorre and Kurt Weill."Few photographers captured the heady spirit of the Weimar Republic known for its cultural glitter if not its political success, with the panache of Lotte Jacobi" (New York Times). Her memorable images of the famous came to define modern photographic portraiture. Of this portfolio’s ten vintage gelatin silver prints, each an artist’s proof signed and numbered by Jacobi, eight were taken in Germany before she fled the Nazis in 1935, and two were taken shortly after her arrival in America. Jacobi’s talent for capturing the essence of her subjects is particularly evident in her image of Peter Lorre. Infamous for his portrayal of "poisonous screen characters like the child-murderer in Fritz Lang’s M before he moved to Hollywood," the actor had answered Jacobi’s request for a portrait with a "terse ‘Yes, but only one He arrived for the sitting in a proper white shirt and tie. Jacobi shot him as close up as possible, managing to capture his villainous look but softening it by shooting from above. It was the only shot she was allowed, it has turned out to be a classic." Another singular portrait, "perhaps Jacobi’s most memorable photograph from the Weimar era and said to be her own favorite picture, is a sultry close-up of Lotte Lenya in 1928, here eyes and mouth heavily punctuated by stage makeup. In rehearsal for her role as Jenny the prostitute in The Threepenny Opera, she stares challengingly at the camera, her chin resting on her right arm, a cigarette in her hand" (New York Times). Of particular importance is Jacobi’s 1938 portrait of Albert Einstein "in a rumpled leather jacket, hair askew and looking dreamily into space as he passed from writing formulations in his notebook One of Jacobi’s most famous images," it had been commissioned by Life but was rejected for its informality. Other classic photographs included are: a 1928 portrait of the Czech-born actor Franz Lederer in a bowler hat with downcast eyes; a distinctive 1930 portrait of composer Kurt Weill, Jacobi’s powerfully direct 1931 image of artist Käthe Kollwitz, a 1930 photograph of Grock the Clown (Adrian Wettach) and, from the same year, Jacobi’s portrait of comedic actors Karl Valentin and Liesl Karlstadt. Further, Jacobi’s 1939 tribute to the influential Alfred Stieglitz, taken in New York, is one of the few that captures him in a genial smile, and her trademark 1930 Self-Portrait provides a rare glimpse of this artist who rarely allowed herself to be seen on film.A fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 58801

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