Lot 71 of 446:
Signed by Fassbender, stunning pictorialist gravures  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$840
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Pictorial Artistry The Dramatization of the Beautiful in Photography

Fassbender, Adolf

New York

B. Westermann Company, Inc.



Illustrated with 40 hand-pulled photogravure plates, some tinted. Photogravures interleaved  with a full page of text en face describing each photograph, composition, technical problems, equipment and techniques used. 39.2x31.5 cm (15½x12½"), spiral-bound on steel rings in cloth-covered binder, gilt-lettered, linen-coated endpapers. No. 171 of 1000 copies.

Signed by Fassbender at colophon, as issued. In a facsimile letter to Fassbender included in this volume, John Oswald, then President of The National Arts Club, wrote "I have been an enthusiastic follower of pictorial photography for many years, but never did I realize the artistic heights to which it might be made to ascend until I witnessed your accomplishments. It has been said that the eye is the window of the soul. One can readily accept the statement when contemplating the pages of this beautiful book."

Lot Amendments

Moderate foxing to cloth, corners slightly bumped; mild rubbing to endpapers, mild toning around edges; photogravures near fine or better.

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