Find out on October 16, from 6 to 8 pm, when writer Allison C. Meier will be at Swann to illuminate the history of spirit photography. Space is limited – please RSVP.
A Magnum Opus
A complete set of Edward S. Curtis’s rare and desirable magnum opus, The North American Indian, 1907-30, in 20 text volumes and 20 portfolios, leads the auction. This is set number 11, one of the first 25 sets reserved for J. P. Morgan, who gifted it to the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
Lot 57: Edward S. Curtis, The North American Indian, complete with 20 volumes & 20 folios, set #11, volume one signed, 1907-30. $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.
Infrequently seen portfolios include Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s Fifteen Photographs, 1974, and the eponymous Roy DeCarava, 1991, with twelve rich photogravures. A platinum print of Tina Modotti’s iconic and lush Roses, Mexico, 1924, was printed and signed in 1976 by friend and colleague Álvarez Bravo.
Lot 90: Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Fifteen Photographs, portfolio edited by Lee Friedlander, 1929-72. Estimate $30,000 to $45,000.