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QUEEN [MAY, Brian, TAYLOR, Roger, ROCK, Mick]
Bookseller: Adrian Harrington
UK: Genesis Publications. 2003. LIMITED COLLECTOR EDITION. No. 1184 of 2500 copies, SIGNED by guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and... More
UK: Genesis Publications. 2003. LIMITED COLLECTOR EDITION. No. 1184 of 2500 copies, SIGNED by guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and photographer Mick Rock [copies offered new no longer include Taylor's autograph]. A very fine copy bound in quarter leather over black and white buckram sides, blocked in gilt to the spine, housed in its own silkscreened buckram clamshell box and original outer card mailer from 2003. This remarkable limited edition book charts the rise of legendary band Queen, through Mick Rock's lens, at the explosive moment between obscurity and world domination. Queen [Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon] were the rarest of breeds: both genius in the studio and utterly brilliant performing live. A potent, magical mixture that has won them fans the world over. Such is their success, Queen form part of collectors' so-called 'Mighty Three'. Along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, no other bands' recordings and memorabilia are so highly sought after. Mick Rock was fast becoming the glam-rock photographer du jour when he turned up at Imperial College on the 18th November 1973 to take his first shots of an up-and-coming group called Queen. Now regarded as the band's breakthrough gig, Mick's photographs of the performance are just a small part of an archive of rare and unseen images preserved for all time in this large format volume. Mick's collaboration with the group lasted until 1976 and Queen's legendary free concert in Hyde Park. During this time he helped create the iconic album covers for Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack and conducted solo photo sessions with Freddie and Roger. Previously unseen out-takes and test Polaroids from these sessions are included in the book, as are over 120 live photographs, many of which are being published for the very first time in this remarkable limited edition. Less
Price: 495.00 GBP
Petrus Arretinus accerrimus virtutum...
Bookseller: Hammarlunds Antikvariat
London. Published by the trustees of the British Museum. 1858.. 1858 Photograph 22 x 15,5 cm. Mount paper 52 x 40 cm. Salt paper or modified salt... More
London. Published by the trustees of the British Museum. 1858.. 1858 Photograph 22 x 15,5 cm. Mount paper 52 x 40 cm. Salt paper or modified salt paper. Roger Fenton the famous Crimean War photographer was also the official photographer of the British Museum, as well as co-founder of what would become the Royal Photographic Society. He spent several years photographing the collections of the British Museum. He wanted to do it in natural light and therefore built a studio on the roof of the Museum. Some currators were not very happy that he brought precious objects to his roof studio. The present photograph depicts a portrait engraved by Marc Antoni after an original by Titian. The satirical writer Aretine was so hated by the italian clergy that most prints had his name obliterated. This proof has survived and made its way into the British Museum where it was subsequently photographed by Roger Fenton. The photograph we have here is in itself a rarity. The text below the photo translates into "Peter Arretine, of vices and virtues the satirical exhibitor". The photo is exposed on a salt paper which often was preffered for artistic photography since the paper gave the objects a softer apperance than the albumen paper with its glossy surface. Most of Fentons British Library photographs are exposed on salt paper or modified salt paper. The photograph is mounted to a large heavy paper. Original mounting with British Museum text. Short tears and creases and corners with losses at the mount paper. Corners with brakes. Stains, browning and some dirt to the mount paper. The photo print in nice condition.. Less
Price: 8000.00 SEK
Collection of Letters, Photographs,...
Bookseller: Between The Covers
1917-1958. A collection of over 100 Typed Letters Signed from the author Eugene L. Cunningham, best known for his Western-theme novels and pulp... More
1917-1958. A collection of over 100 Typed Letters Signed from the author Eugene L. Cunningham, best known for his Western-theme novels and pulp adventure stories, starting in 1917 and ending in 1957, including what is probably the last letter he sent before his sudden death. They are accompanied by Cunningham's personal copy of his rare pamphlet, Famous in the West, the precursor to his classic book Triggernometry (and the copy from which a later facsimile was created); another very rare promotional pamphlet containing one of his uncollected short stories; a printed Christmas Card, and eight black and white photographs of Cunningham from his teenage years up through middle-age with two of the pictures Signed and partially annotated on the rear. Overall near fine with folds to the letters from being mailed, tape repair and toning to one pamphlet, and paper remnants on the rear of a few photos where they were once affixed to an album page.Eugene Lafayette Cunningham (1896-1957) was born in Helena, Arkansas to Eugene and Istalena Cunningham, grew up in Texas attending school in Dallas and Fort Worth. He served in the Navy from 1914-1919, is rumored to have worked as a solider of fortune in Central America immediately after, and later reenlisted during World War II to work for Navy intelligence. Though he published his first novel, The Trail to Apacaz in 1924, he was already a prolific pulp writer contributing under his own name and various pseudonyms (Buck Stradleigh, Leigh Carder, Alan Corby) for such adventure pulps as Frontier, Adventure, Lariat, War Stories, Argosy, Detective Fiction Weekly, Action Stories, and Soldier Stories. He was considered one of the finer Western writers of his time and his 1934 nonfiction book, Triggernometry, a study of famous gunfighters of the old West, has become a standard text on the subject, so much so that the Western Writers of America named it one of the best nonfiction books of all time.Cunningham's prolific output for the pulp magazines ran counter to his true aspiration to become a serious novelist. But as his family continued to grow so did his amazing ability (and need) to produce, sometimes writing four and five pieces a month for different magazines and on one occasion producing a novel-length story in two weeks. His popularity earned him a lucrative career until the Depression hit. And while his workload did not diminish, his page rate dropped dramatically. By that time he had become a victim of his own success unwilling to turn away work as the economic situation grew more tenuous.This correspondence with his boyhood friend George Johnson is extremely collegial with heartfelt thoughts about life, family, and politics, along with a healthy dose of kidding and facetious comments at Johnson's expense. The earliest letters were written in 1917 while Cunningham was still in the service, and newly married, and already a published author, having placed the story, "Luck to Order" in an issue Argosy under his first pen name Gordon Shulford (possibly his first professionally published work). He soon announces the birth of his three children, his growing popularity as a writer and the resulting financial windfall, anecdotes and remembrances of shared friends and adventures, accounts of meeting and befriending legendary western cowboys, belt-tightening during the Depression, and the difficulties of married life.Cunningham goes into some detail about his rigorous writing schedule and constant workload. He describes his average daily routine: writing one story in the morning, editing the previous day's work in the afternoons, and starting the next story at night. Eventually, as his family grows, he has to amend his efforts to better suit family life and enrich his own exhausted idea mill. Throughout the correspondence he describes the various pulps he is writing for, sometimes with brief synopsis, and the growing demand from publishers who have come to rely on his quality stories, and fast turnaround. At one point he reports earning $1,200 a month and is firing off five stories a month, all the while continuing to add more potential pulps to his roster, including an ongoing contract with Fiction House.After the Depression Cunningham continued to write for magazines but also produces a steady stream of books with Triggernometry remaining his biggest success with several printings over the next two decades. Cunningham died suddenly of a heart attack at age 60 while sitting in bed reading. The correspondence is picked up briefly with eight letters from Cunningham's wife Mary who informs Johnson that he likely received the last letter Cunningham ever wrote, and thanks him for the posthumous reprint of the rare pamphlet Famous Gunfighters, which Johnson was finally able to publish after many years of struggle to determine copyright.With the letters are two interesting pamphlets published by the Hicks-Hayward Company of El Paso, manufacturer of Rodeo Outdoor Clothes. The first is Rodeo Western Stories, an undated and short-lived promotional pamphlet from the mid-1920s that contains the Cunningham story "Green Handled Guns." The inside front wrap claims that, "This booklet will be sent to you each month," but only one other issue was released, and both are exceedingly rare with OCLC locating just two copies of this issue (and one of the second). The other pamphlet is Famous in the West, a nonfiction account of five notable western gunfighters. This is Cunningham's personal copy and the one used to make the 1958 limited edition facsimile, of which two copies are included in this archive (#6 and #12). The facsimile includes Cunningham's original Signed note on the front flap that states that 60,000 copies of the original were printed but most destroyed by the publisher due to postage costs; it does not reproduce the additional Signed note by Cunningham at the bottom of the page that states: "This is fore-father of Triggernometry."Rounding out the collection is an undated Christmas card and eight photographs. The earliest, dated August 3, 1915, pictures him in the Navy and reads "3rd class yeoman" on the rear, followed by another dated 1917 and Signed on the bottom edge. Other photos show him boxing with another fighter, in his uniform looking at the camera, looking out to sea, and an older Cunningham standing in front of a boat, at his writing desk, and in a tie at an official function with a "visitors" ribbon pinned to his shirt.A wonderful collection of personal correspondence from a prolific author of western novels and pulp adventures.A few selected excerpts:? 11/20/17 -- On being in the Navy: "I can truthfully say that at no time have I liked the Service more than at present, when I'll be out within a week. I'm not sorry that I've done four years, for it has been experience that I could have obtained in no other way, but I am glad it's nearly over."? 5/13/26 -- About his friend, the gunfighter J.B. Gillett: "He was a city marshal of El Paso from '82 to '85, relieving the famous Dallas Stoudenmire. In that day, she was a town requiring a hefty customer. ... He looked over my article on him, which is to appear in the Rodeo Clothes booklet Famous in the West. Every two minutes he'd look at me over his spec's across the desk, sort of wonderingly: 'I didn't tell you that Lieutenant Reynolds pulled his mustache that way, but -- he did! How did you know?'"? 1/11/27 -- The popularity of pulps: "Cowboys and ranger fiction is vastly popular and I have learned the mechanics of volume production of the same. The result is inevitable -- checks and yet more checks. I'm no millionaire, by any stretch of the imagination, but I can make a damned good living at hack work."? 6/1/27 -- On earning $1000 a month writing for the pulps: "But it means nothing more -- the making of money, I mean -- than an increase in volume. The more I can stow away, the more independent I am; the more easily I can sneak away from this action stuff and try some worth-while fiction."? 1/26/38 -- Relocating to San Francisco: "We have some good friends dating back to1932 -- and back of that by ten years -- Americans, Jews, Italians, Irish, German, just a mix up. I enjoy them thoroughly, their sincere feelings for us and their simple, homely tastes, their generosity and thoughtfulness. El Paso was NOT cordial or hospitable. So long as I bought the drinks, either at home or in town, everyone was pleasant. But take away the free liquor and they forget you."? 11/6/52 -- "If your Outlaw Press 'concretes' we can doubtless do something on Famous in the West. I have asked Copyright Office if copyright was renewed. It expired in 1943. One way or another, I make no doubt that we can arrange to reprint. As for royalty -- get your costing figured and figure what split of Net you can afford to give me."? 11/18/57 -- From Mary: "Gene didn't even tell me that when he was examined the first of the year and found to have a weakened heart, the doctor said he'd had a mild heart attack."? 12/26/57 -- From Mary: "No, you hadn't written Gene about Famous in the West. In fact, his to you 8 October-seemed he thought you had given up the idea [of a reprint]. By the way, it probably was the last letter he ever wrote."? 6/21/58 -- From Mary: "Very frankly, I was heart-broken when Gene gave you our only copy of Famous in the West. But I am most appreciative now." Less
Price: 12500.00 USD