For those who enjoy photobooks and have acquired a few of them over the years, one benefit is that they may also increase in value. A potentially nice counterpoint to the argument that you are spending too much for these wonderful books. Ah, yes, a mighty fine investment, indeed!
Thus of potential interest was the recent October Swann Galleries auction of Photographs and Photobooks. So here are a few of the photobook highlights:
MAN RAY. Photographs 1920-1934 Paris.
With a portrait by Picasso. Texts by André Breton, Paul Eluard, Rrose Sélavy, and Tristan Tzara. Illustrated with gravures of Man Ray’s photographs, rayographs, and portraits. 4to, spiral-bound photo-pictorial wrappers, rear cover lightly soiled, diagonal crease lower left corner of front wrapper; ex-libris. Roth 80; Auer 210.
Hartford, Connecticut & New York City: James Thrall Soby & Random House, (1934)
ESTIMATE: $2500/3500 > Sold for $3,840
NEWTON, HELMUT. SUMO.
Edited by June Newton. Illustrated with over 400 full-page reproductions of Newton’s striking photographs. Oversize folio, photo-pictorial boards, photo-pictorial dust jacket; with the original custom chrome stand. First edition, boldly signed by Newton. Taschen, 1999
ESTIMATE: $5000/7500 > sold for $6,480
Camera Work Nos. 13 and 15. Sold for $6,960
Camera Work #27. Sold for $$4,560
So something to keep in mind, eh? FYI, the next Swann Galleries Photobook auction is scheduled for Dec. 8, and it will have a much larger number of books available.
Best regards, Douglas Stockdale