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THOMSON, John; Thomson, John; SMITH, Adolphe
Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books
1881 - THOMSON, John.Street Incidents.London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881.First abridged edition of the "first concerted... More
1881 - THOMSON, John.Street Incidents.London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881.First abridged edition of the "first concerted body of work to deal with life on the streets," with 21 mounted brown-tone Woodburytypes from the original glass plates."Motivated in part by a reforming desire, to alleviate the wretched living conditions of the urban working class, but also by the Victorian urge to typify," John Thomson produced this "pioneering work of social documentation in photographs" (Parr & Badger, 39-40). During 1877-78, he created 36 photographs for the monthly parts of Street Life in London, a ground-breaking social commentary, with text by radical socialist journalist Adolphe Smith. Thomson and Smith approached their subjects like ethnographers and anthropologists, "venturing into London’s poorest areas, interviewing [and photographing] their subjects and writing about them as ‘characters’ or ‘types," in Thomson’s words, "the true types of the London poor" (Parr & Badger). "Few photographs of the London streets had been taken before Thomson’s journey around them, and even fewer were published with the intent of informing public opinion To combine photographs of the London streets, and to place the poor, the working classes, criminals, and the homeless at the center of the images, was a new departure in photographic documentation Perhaps the most striking feature of Street Life is that the images have been reproduced photomechanically by the Woodburytype process from the photographer’s original dry-plate negatives. The resultant prints give a strikingly sharp, almost three-dimensional representation The reason Street Life has ultimately succeeded as the first social documentary photography is that its primary aim was to inform: it was never the intention of Smith or Thomson to claim the literary and artistic high ground Rather, they aimed to transfer the experiences of the poor into the homes of the comfortable middle class, and to make them aware of a different, harsher reality" (Ovenden, 78-88). The 12 monthly parts of Street Life were reissued in book form in 1878, and also in a shorter version under the title, Street Incidents (1881), with 21 of the photographs (this edition). "Structurally, Street Life is a combination of street portraiture and interviews with the subjects. Thus it was the direct predecessor of the journalistic picture stories that would appear in illustrated magazines from that period onward" (Parr & Badger). "It was the first published collection of social documentary photographs anywhere in the world" (Museum of London).See Frizot, 348-50; Parr & Badger, 48; Truthful Lens 169; Open Book, 42-43.Embrowning to title page and last page, an occasional very faint finger mark. Light rubbing to joints and spine ends. Photographs fine. A very desirable copy of this first photo-documentary. Rare. Less
Price: 17500.00 USD
Furtwängler: collection of 12 items...
Bookseller: ERIC CHAIM KLINE, BOOKSELLER (ABAA ILAB)
NP, Germany 1951 - A collection of twelve items concerning the important German symphony conductor: one large format photograph with personal... More
NP, Germany 1951 - A collection of twelve items concerning the important German symphony conductor: one large format photograph with personal inscription on mount, one signed photographic postcard, one original photographic portrait, three signed typewritten letters, two signed handwritten postcards, one signed music manuscript, one original press photo, a signed program of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and an unused photographic postcard. 1. Wilhelm Furtwängler Press Photo. Frankfurt, United Press. 7 x 9 1/2 inch original b/w photograph of Wilhelm Furtwängler conversing with Ernst Fischer. Fischer was the "Vorstand der Philharmoniker" (Manager of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra). A rare United Press - Acne Photo dated 23.5.50. Stamped address of publisher, as well as the names of the men depicted in the photograph written in blue ink on rear of photograph. Minor creasing to photo. Attached description of image typewritten in German on piece of paper on back of photograph. Very good condition. Rare.2. Signed photograph, 6.8 x 9.2 inch photograph mounted on 11.6 x 15.6 inch photographer's mount. "Wilhelm Furtwängler," n.p., 9th March 1944, with an inscription. A nice head and shoulders profile photograph of Furtwängler. Signed by Furtwängler to the photographer's mount. Also signed by the photographer "HR.(?)" Slightly stained and creased. Bottom left corner of photograph chipped.3. Signed photograph, 3.5 x 5.5 inches. Signed "Furtwängler," in ink beneath image, n.p. n.d. Rare b/w portrait photograph. Photograph by Fayer, Vienna.4. Signed musical manuscript (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"). "Wilhelm Furtwängler," n.p. n.d. . Minor age toning. Additional musical notes by Philippe Boegner slightly showing through from verso. Three bars of music from an unidentified composition. Furtwängler added, "In alter, über zwanzig jähriger unwandelbarer Freundschaft."5. Letter from Wilhelm Furtwängler to the Herrn Generalintendendanten, dated 12 September 1930. Signed by Furtwängler. Hole punched. One ink correction in his hand. Letter to the General Director of the Prussian State Theatre, Heinz Tiejten, who was director from March1930-1945. Letter deals with a production of "Walküre" to be performed at the Berlin opera. With a postscript concerning Frau Reinhart's role in the production.6. Signed typewritten letter. "Dr. W. Furtwängler," Berlin, 23rd October 1931. On his printed stationary. Hole punched and folded. Letter to the publisher Gustav Bosse about an article Professor Dr. Hans Joachim Moser wants to write about him. Furtwängler gives his approval.7. Handwritten and signed postcard. W. Furtwängler, Mannheim, 1915 (postmark), to the violinist Melanie Michaelis (1882-1941), in German. Furtwängler writes, "?Thank you very much for the lines. I am in a tremendous hurry, so I can write only these few lines. I am looking forward to seeing you?"8. Signed typewritten letter. "Wilhelm Furtwängler," Mailand, 15th April 1951. With corrections in his hand. Slightly staining on right border. To publisher Erich Seemann (1888-1966). Furtwängler adds the date and place of upcoming performances of the "Berliner Philharmonikern."9. Handwritten and signed postcard. Mannheim, dated 29 May 1924. To a music publisher in Leipzig informing him that he will be in Frankfurt between the 10th-14th of June and that they can meet at that time.10. Unused, 3 1/5" x 5 1/4" postcard of a b/w reproduction of a photograph showing Furtwängler reading a newspaper. Name in pencil twice on back, not believed to be signed by him. Very good condition.11. Original photographic portrait of Furtwängler. 6 1/4" x 9" mounted on 8" x 11" card. Oxidized around outside edges beginning to encroach on the image. Circa 1935. Photographer not noted.12. Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester. 4 page fold-out pamphlet of a concert by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on December 19th, 1949. Cover leaf with b/w photographic reproduction showing Furtwängler. Inscribed and dated by Furtwängler in blue ink across Less
Price: 15000.00 USD
Photography from the V-2 rocket at...
Bergstralh, T. A.
Bookseller: Jeremy Norman's historyofscience
Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC 1947 - The First Published Photographs of the Earth Taken from Space Bergstralh, T. A. Photography from... More
Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC 1947 - The First Published Photographs of the Earth Taken from Space Bergstralh, T. A. Photography from the V-2 rocket at altitudes ranging up to 160 kilometers. N. R. L. report no. R-3083. [ii]-vi, 25pp., 12 original photographic prints included in pagination. 1 sheet of printed Library of Congress catalogue cards laid in. Washington, DC: Naval Research Laboratory, April 1947. 265 x 204 mm. Original printed wrappers, cloth backstrip, small marginal tear in front cover; boxed. Fine copy, one of only 47 produced. First Edition of the first published photographs of the Earth from space—the first photographs to show the earth’s curvature Extremely rare—the distribution list on p. iii of Bergstralh’s report indicates that only 47 copies were prepared for various military, academic and private research institutions. The photographs, which show a large portion of the American southwest, were taken from cameras mounted on a V-2 rocket launched from the proving ground at White Sands, New Mexico. The rocket, which bore the number 21 but was the 20th V-2 launched at White Sands after number 1 misfired, was one of over 60 V-2 rockets captured from the Germans at the end of World War II in 1945. At that time the German rocketry program was at least 20 years ahead of any other such program in the developed world. As part of Project Paperclip, the United States government brought both the captured V-2s and over 100 German rocketry experts (headed by Wernher von Braun) to America, where they began what is now the U. S. space program. In 1946 the Upper Atmosphere Research Panel (also known as the V-2 panel) was formed to oversee a program of high-altitude experiments conducted using the V-2 rockets. On October 24, 1946 the research team was able to obtain photographs of the Earth taken from 65 miles above the surface; however, these photographs were not published until 1950 (see Newell, High Altitude Rocket Research p. 288). The present report announces that photographs were taken from more than 100 miles above the earth. "On 7 March 1947 the twentieth V-2 to be launched in America took to the air from the Army Ordnance Proving Ground at White Sands, New Mexico. As on several of the previous flights, an attempt was made to obtain photographs of the features of interest on the rocket and, of course, of the earth. In this attempt the effort met with considerable success. Included among the group of pictures obtained are the first ever to be taken from altitudes greater than 160 kilometers (100 miles). The quality of the photographs is fairly good. For the first time, in pictures taken at such high altitudes, it is possible to recognize clearly many geographical features. In addition a large number and variety of cloud formations were recorded by the cameras and other information of meteorological value" (p. 1). Photographs 11 and 12 are especially notable. Number 11 includes an overlay showing landmarks in New Mexico, Arizona and the Gulf of California. The caption to number 12 states that "this picture covers approximately 500,000 square miles of southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The photographs [making up the composite] do not match exactly due to the varying camera angles." Newell, High Altitude Rocket Research (1953), pp. 284-288. Krause, "High altitude research with V-2 rockets," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 91 (1947): 430-446. Reichhart, "The first photo from space," Air & Space Magazine, Smithsonian Institution, 1 Nov. 2006 (web). Less
Price: 30000.00 USD