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BRADFORD, William.

The Arctic regions,

illustrated with photographs taken on an art expedition to Greenland.

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London, S. Low, Marston Low, and Searle, 1873

'Not only a major monument of photography but also of nineteenth century book making' (Books on Ice). A notorious Arctic rarity, one of only 36 copies located.

This voyage aboard the Panther in the summer of 1869 was one of seven trips to Labrador and Greenland that Bradford sponsored or participated in during the 1860's, all early examples of what might be called 'eco-art tourism'. Artist William Bradford was not the principal photographer for this book. His assistants, John L. Dunmore and George Critcherson took most of the photographs whilst Bradford Bradford sketched the same scenes.

Of the photographs, Martin Parr writes 'they also contributed to, indeed largely invented, that staple of arctic expedition photography, the tiny ship struggling through towering sheets of ice - the classic, but nevertheless compelling cliché of man against the elements' (The Photobook A History, 2004).

William Bradford (1823-1892), a painter of the Hudson River School, is

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First edition. Large folio (64 x 52 cm. approx), half-title, title in red and black, dedication leaf, 141 mounted albumen photographs (116 mounted in the text and 25 mounted as inserted plates, including one double-page plate), mounted on guards throughout, original brown morocco gilt by Leighton Son and Hodge with gilt pictorial vignette by G. Littlejohn to upper cover, neatly rebacked preserving spine, light fading to photographs, a very good copy of one of the most remarkable books on the Arctic.


Books on Ice 10.11; Gernsheim Incunabula of British Photography 570; Grolier, Truthful Lens 24; A. Coron, Des Livres rares depuis l'invention de l'imprimerie, exhibition BnF 1998, #67 ('luxueux ouvrage [...] mise en pages eblouissante [...] spectaculaire reliure [...] monument de l'edition photographique').

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