Apr 19, 2016 - Sale 2411

Sale 2411 - Lot 287

Price Realized: $ 17,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
Selected Quatrains from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam with Camera Projections.

With 19 (of 20) tipped-in photographs, including two montages of multiple nude figures. Silver prints, each approximately 13 1/4x10 inches (33.7x25.4 cm.), tipped to the original mounts, with Mortensen's red monogram hand stamp on mount recto; each separated by spider-web pattern glassine guards. Folio, 21 1/2x17 inches (54.6x43.2 cm.), original cloth-backed blue boards with paper title label, dampstained, backstrip worn; contents very good. first edition, signed by mortensen.
Hollywood, California: Westcosco Studios, (1925)

Additional Details

Originally from the Collection of Courtney Crawford, Mortensen's first wife, with her bookplate and a snapshot of her laid in. A search on the World Book Catalogue indicates only one other copy, at the University of Arizona, with 14 photographs.

A rare copy of the photographer's first book. This hand-bound title was produced by Mortensen while he was designing sets for a mid-1920s production of the Rubaiyat entitled A Lovers Oath. Included are two unusual photomontages in which multiple cut-outs of female nudes are artfully arranged on the page, Drtikol-style.