With Ten Photographs by Alvin Langdon Coburn.London: privately printed for Alvin Langdon Coburn and Edmund D. Brooks & Their Friends, 1914 Stock Code: 144484
Inscribed by CoburnFirst edition, first impression. Inscribed by Coburn on the front free endpaper "To Hugh with best wishes from Alvin Xmas 1939"; the recipient was Hugh Reid, surgeon at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary.
Chesterton's introductory text offers an explanation for the expertise of Coburn's quietly resonant and curiously angled images of London's landmarks: "the spectator is a serious mystic (that is, a materialist also) and appreciates the bodily beauty of heights, which should always be seen from below. The Devil takes us to the top of an exceeding high mountain, and makes us dizzy: but God lets us look at the mountain. Yet this mountain made by man can only be seen in London by "sighting;" by getting it between two houses, as a pilot steers between two rocks. Get the sighting wrong and you will see only a public-house, or (what is much worse) a shop full of newspapers."
Octavo. Original linen-backed boards, grey paper sides, spine and front cover lettered in black.
With 10 mounted photographs by Alvin Langdon Coburn.
Very minor patches of soiling, trivial wear to tips, light toning to endpapers with contents afterwards clean; an excellent copy.
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