Hamburg, Germany: Boysen & Maasch, 1912.
Limited Edition. Loose_leaf. 17 5/8" X 12 3/4". Text in German. 90 tipped in collotypes, plus half-title, title with tipped in collotype, preface, and list of collotypes. Edition limited to 300, this being number 215. Chipping and tears to edges and extremities of original printed dust jacket, with sunning and moderate soiling. Original portfolio halfbound in green cloth with green paper boards, with pictorial label collotype to upper board, lettered in gilt. Mild edgewear to portfolio, with sunning to upper and bottom edges both exterior and interior. Mild wear to interior hinges. Portfolio binding is sound. Some toning from portfolio to half-title, else fine. This book is oversize and will require additional postage for international or priority orders.
Between 1908 and 1912, the Hamburg Senate along with Ernst Juhl collected 1000 photographs of the city and its surroundings, choosing 90 photographs from photographers A. Bruhn, Rudolf Dührkoop, Mrs. Diez-Dührkoop, Major Böhmer, and O. Hofmeister for this publication. These 90 stunning sepia collotypes are tipped in to imperial Japan paper with printed title, publication, and photographer's name and showcase Hamburg's harbor, farmhouses, sailors, fishermen, the working class, at times in traditional costume, and some neighboring lands. As Ernst Juhl states in his introduction: "The chosen pictures should bring to the stranger and the natives the beauties of the state and land area in front of their eyes and especially to the photographers, the lover as well as the expert, to offer suggestions for artistic undertakings." A truly stunning collection of collotypes, in excellent condition, forming a beautiful example of the era's pictorialist photography. Collotypes are in fine condition, portfolio in very good + condition, and dust jacket in fair to good condition. Very good +. Item #3592