San Francisco: American Trust Company, 1954. Paperback. First Edition. SIGNED BY ADAMS and dated May 25th 1980, Carmel on the dedication page. This book was commissioned by the American Trust Company on its one hundredth anniversary. Includes sixty photographs by Ansel Adams printed on high gloss paper. In soft covers bound with clear plastic spiral comb which has broken in several places but continues to hold the pages together. There are a few scuff marks to the covers and minor wear to the edges. This copy is ex-library from the Carmel Valley Manor with an unobtrusive stamp on the dedication page. This is the only library marking. Unpaginated. PHOTO/052611. Very Good.
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Baltimore: Richardson and Bennett, 1871. Hardcover. SCARCE. A very attractive volume, despite being ex-library. Illustrated by Handann Brothers. Includes a history of the city by Brantz Mayer and over seventy biographical descriptions of notable Baltimorean men, each illustrated with an original photograph. Black full leather boards with gilt title, decoration, and raised bands to spine. Boards are beveled with gilt borders and decoration. This book has been expertly rebacked with the original spine mounted on the new leather spine. White library call number to spine, partially removed. Library stamp to bottom of title page and last page of text with call numbers to copyright page. Minor bumping to corners and minor wear to edges of boards. Gilt dentelles, full gilt edges, and later marbled endpages. Later silk headbands. Interior is very clean overall, though there are a few spots of foxing to several pages. Archival repairs to gutters of a few pages. Old pencil inscription erased from front endpaper, dated 1871. Illustrations include original tissue guards. Tight binding. 562 pages. BALT/041619. Very Good.
London: Cassell and Company, 1890-1892, 1894. Hardcover. Volume one only of a five volume series. This volume contains 36 black and white portraits accompanied by a brief, adulatory biographical piece. Subjects are drawn from many spheres of British society and culture, with an emphasis on royalty, the aristocracy, the stage, and the arts. Among those included are the Duke and Duchess of Fife, Sarah Bernhardt, Archbishop of Canterbury, Price of Wales, Frederick Leighton, and Mrs. Humphrey Ward. This is an ex-library volume with the bookplate of the City of York Public Library affixed to the front pastedown. In what was probably an effort to discourage readers from taking photographs, the library applied an unobtrusive but visible embossed stamp to the margins of the photos, not affecting the portrait itself. Despite these factors the photographs are still interesting and attractive. Bound in brown cloth with floral borders to front boards and titles in gilt to front and to spines. Some bumping and rubbing, remains of small white stickers at foot of spine, but otherwise in quite good condition. Save for the small embossed stamps, the photographs are in very good condition. 96 pages plus photographs. PHOTO/081017. Very Good.