Time to announce that I've been working with the prestigious Yale University Press for our next book sale. They supplied all the prospects pictured back in March in this post. If all goes well we'll first be offering three superb recent high-end books. As with the books we offered from the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the exhibitions theses books celebrate are over, sales have slowed at the Museum Stores where they have mainly been offered, and Yale has overstock and wants the books to find good homes where they'll be appreciated—which is where you come in, of course. Two are a matched pair and are cooperative publications, so we've still got some details to iron out with them, but I can tell you about the third.
It's special. It is Yale's reprint of the superlative retrospective of Paul Strand published in 2014 to celebrate the acquisition of the core of Strand's own archive by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
It was edited by Peter Barberie, Brodsky Curator of Photographs at Philadelphia's Alfred Stieglitz Center, with Amanda Bock who was the Assistant Curator for the project. An expensively produced, deluxe hardcover, it's the best single volume on Strand published up to the present moment, incorporating the most recent scholarship and including more than 250 illustrations. The scholarly apparatus is first rate (including an edited transcript of a roundtable discussion among leading scholars, which is unusual), and the excellent reproductions capture some of the magic of original prints and are cumulatively quite moving to look at in my opinion.
Even if you have only one book about Paul Strand in your library, this should be it—I think this hits on all cylinders. So the fact that we'll be offering it for less moolah than you could get it for up till now doesn't even need to enter into your calculations. ;-) Overseas shipping will be available and will not be as dear as last time.
Supplies will be limited (but not severely) so I'll give you plenty of advance warning about the start of the sale later this month.
Something to look forward to.
(Thanks to Jim S. and Keith D.)
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Dave: "Looking forward to it! Awesome!"
MikeR: "The Paul Strand volume is excellent. We already own a copy, from the 2014 show, which itself was an eye-opener. I do believe he would have loved Photoshop!"
Fulvio Senore: "I have that book and I can confirm that it is an excellent one. The image quality is very high and the book contains a lot of interesting information about Paul Strand."