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WATKINS, Carleton, Isaiah TABER &c.
An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West
1890. 32 albumen prints (sizes vary; see list below) of Yosemite and selected other scenes in the American West, on light gray card mounts. All but four signed in the negative by Taber of San Francisco. Contemporary dark blue morocco (measuring approx. 18 x 12 in.), upper board stamped in gilt “AMERIKA,” rebacked, brass fittings, lacking clasp. Silk patterned endpapers. Mounts foxed, slight staining, occasional foxing or fading to images. An outstanding album with beautiful, rich prints. Giants of American West photography. This beautiful album contains many splendid views of the scenic wonders of Yosemite including splendid Watkins and Taber views. Subjects include the many magnificent falls, the Mariposa Grove of sequoias, and the great geological formations. At least two, and likely many more, of the views in this collection were taken by Carleton Watkins. Those for which attribution to Watkins has been confirmed are singled out below, but this collection merits further investigation to identify Watkins photographs. Isaiah Taber was a dominant figure in Western photography after the Civil War. In 1864 he came to San Francisco, founding his gallery in 1871. In the winter of 1875-76, Taber acquired Carleton Watkins’s collection of Pacific Coast Views negatives and Yosemite Gallery in the aftermath of Watkins’s bankruptcy. “Once he had acquired Watkins’s gallery and negatives, Taber began his bid for the exalted position of premier photographer of the west coast.” Many of Watkins’s prints were released with Taber’s imprint. Over the next three decades Taber became the domin … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop [Stevenson, MD, U.S.A.]

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