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Camera Work / A Photographic Quarterly Edited & Published by Alfred Stieglitz New York / Special Number / MDCCCCXIII

Stieglitz, Alfred, editor

Published by Alfred Stieglitz, 1111 Madison Ave., New York, 1913
Condition: Fair Soft cover
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A complete copy of a rare journal; gray-green stock printed front & rear, logo designed by Edward Steichen in specially created Art Nouveau face. Endpapers split; two pages detached, but sewing of sections still in place. Errata slip still laid in. Endpapers bear small marks to corners characteristic of nitrate Scotch-tape staining. (Tape itself long gone.) Wraps chipping and crumbling where they overhang the text block by as much as half an inch (but only to overhangs), as typical for magazines of the era. A usable copy, keeping in mind true scarcity of this journal, prized not only for the articles, but also for the reproductions themselves. This "Special Number" complete with three B&W photogravures by Paul Cezanne, one by Vincent Van Gogh, two by Picasso (including his portrait of Gertrude Stein), one by Francis Picabia; plus a half-tone of a drawing by Picasso, all in black-and-white. Texts by Gertrude Stein, "Portrait of Mabel dodge at the Villa Curonia"; Mabel Dodge, "Speculations"; Gabrielle Buffet, "Modern Art and the Public"; Francis Picabia, "Vers L'Amorphisme", etc. Printed on heavy beige art stock, measures 8.5" (21cm) by 11.75" (30 cm.) From Wikipedia: "Gravures were produced from the photographers' original negatives whenever possible or occasionally from the original prints. If the gravure came from a negative this fact was noted in the accompanying text, and these gravures were then considered to be original prints. Stieglitz, always a perfectionist, personally tipped in each of the photogravures in every issue, touching up dust spots or scratches when necessary. This time-consuming and exhausting work assured only the highest standards in every copy but sometimes delayed the mailing of the issues. . . . The visual quality of the gravures was so high that when a set of prints failed to arrive for a Photo-Secession exhibition in Brussels, a selection of gravures from the magazine was hung instead. Most viewers assumed they were looking at the original photographs." Upon closing both "Camera Work" and "291" (a more short-lived monthly named for his gallery) in 1917, Stieglitz disposed of thousands of undistributed copies in bulk for pulping, and gave away the rest, meaning surviving copies of these magazines come almost exclusively from the collections of subscribers, who had reportedly dwindled in number to 37 at the end. This is the "Special Number" dated June, 1913, dedicated to photo-reproductions of then-avant-garde art works in B&W. 62 pp. plus 12 pp. of ads. Reduced from $1,650. Bookseller Inventory # 002983

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Title: Camera Work / A Photographic Quarterly ...

Publisher: Alfred Stieglitz, 1111 Madison Ave., New York

Publication Date: 1913

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Fair

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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