ADAMS, Ansel. Taos Pueblo. By Mary Austin. 20,  pp. Illustrated with 12 black-and-white photographs by Ansel Adams. Folio, 429 x 318 mm, bound in original quarter tan morocco over orange buckram (Hazel Dreis). San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1930.
First Edition, a "legendary rarity." This Ansel Adams masterpiece was limited to just 108 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press for the photographer. All the photographs were printed by Adams himself on rag paper specially sensitized with emulsion by William Dassonville; the resulting 1296 sheets were bound by Hazel Dreis to produce 108 copies. The orange and black "Navaho" typography by the Grabhorn Press is appropriately monumental; so large was the page size that only one page could be printed at a time.
"It was at Taos and Santa Fe that Ansel Adams first saw the Southwest. The time was the spring of 1927... His visit resulted in a Grabhorn Press book now of legendary rarity. It includes Ansel Adams' photographs and Mary Austin's essay on Taos Pueblo. Genius has never been more happily wed. Nowhere else did she write prose of such precise and poetical authority... Their Taos Pueblo is a true and beautiful book by two consummate artists" (Ansel Adams: Photographs of the Southwest, 1970, p. xxv). Some darkening of spine, else a fine copy, signed by Ansel Adams and Mary Austin on the statement of limitation.
Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press 1915-1940, No. 137. Roth, The Book of 101 Books 58.
Item nr. 143137