Apr 18, 2019 - Sale 2506

Sale 2506 - Lot 134

Price Realized: $ 57,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 40,000 - $ 60,000
ANSEL ADAMS (1902-1984)
Portfolio Three: Yosemite Valley. Complete with 16 photographs and a letterpress colophon and title sheet with Adams' introduction. Dedicated to Nancy and Beaumont Newhall. Silver prints, the images measuring 6 7/8x5 1/4 to 11x8 5/8 inches (17.5x13.3 to 28x21.9 cm.), and the reverse, the mounts 18x14 inches (45.7x35.6 cm.), each with the Portfolio hand stamp with the print number and set number 69, in ink, on mount verso. Folio-sized green folding case with the gilt-lettered title; ties; the colophon also with the edition notation 69/200. ONE OF AN EDITION OF 200. San Francisco: The Sierra Club, 1926-59; printed 1960

Additional Details

Monolith, the Face of Half Dome Merced River, Clifts of Cathedral Rocks, Autumn Lower Yosemite Fall Trees and Snow Branches in Snow El Capitan, Sunrise Tenaya Creek, Spring Rain Water and Foam Winter Storm Dogwood Blossoms Grass and Pool Nevada Fall, Rainbow Rushing Water, Merced River Bridalveil Fall Trees and Cliffs Half Dome, Thunder Cloud.

Adams' text reads, in part: "In these sixteen photographs are many deep echoes of experience from more than forty years in Yosemite Valley. Each represents, for me, a moment of wonder. These pictures are put together as a continual pattern of personal mood and response [...] Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature can be revealed in the expressive photograph. Both can stir enduring affirmations and discoveries, and can surely help the spectator in his search of identification with the vast world of natural beauty and wonder surrounding him--and help him comprehend man's continuing need for that world."