LEAVES OF GRASS.; With an introduction by Mark Van Doren and photographs by Edward Weston
by [WESTON]. Whitman, Walt
NY: The Limited Editions Club, 1942. First edition thus. Weston, Edward. 2 volumes. 4to., xxix, 123 pp.; 124-264 pp., 50 photographic plates. Illustrated boards with leather labels. There are barely perceptible spots of light rubbing at base of the spines and on the leather spine labels, otherwise these are fine and bright. Housed in the publisher's cloth slipcase with an edge rubbed paper label on spine. SIGNED by the photographer. In 1917, Edward (Henry) Weston was elected a member of the London Salon, then considered the highest honor in Pictorialism. Later that year, after learning of Stieglitz, Steichen and Strand's break with Pictorialism, he too repudiated Pictorialism; "That whole soft focus period in retrospect seems like a staged act; I even dressed to suit the part..." Also in 1917, Weston claims to have started his famous DAYBOOKS, and a copy of LEAVES OF GRASS bearing Weston's signature has passed through this bookseller's hands. Although highly romantic, many regard Whitman's LEAVES OF GRASS as a forerunner of modernism, long an influence to artists of all fields. To say that this book is responsible for Weston's transformation as an artist is to presume more than would seem reasonable without a direct statement from him; however, it can be said that Whitman's influence endured, for in 1941 Weston accepted a commission from the Limited Editions Club to illustrate a new edition of LEAVES OF GRASS, published in 1942 with 50 photos by Weston. Earlier, in 1930, Weston made this statement which rings of the influence of Whitman, "Life is a coherent whole: rocks, clouds, trees, shells, torsos, smokestacks, peppers are interrelated, interdependent parts of the whole. Rhythms from one become symbols of all." (See the article by Alan Trachtenberg "Edward Weston's America: The Leaves of Grass Project" in EW 100: CENTENNIAL ESSAYS IN HONOR OF EDWARD WESTON. Untitled 41, 1986.) Limited to 1500 copies, signed by Weston.
(Inventory #: 51864)
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