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HOPPÉ, E[mil]. O[tto]. and KING, Richard.
The Book of Fair Women.

pp. 27, (i). 32 photogravure images [one with added colour], each with a text leaf. Original cloth-backed decorated paper boards, now dusty, paper labels on spine and front cover, a touch of wear to spine ends and corners, of the 32 plates, 17 have fold creases to the lower inner corners [because the plates are tipped-in at the top edge and careless closing of the pages cause the floating corners to catch and fold], occasional very small marginal tear to the lower edge, some foxing at the ends and some marginal dust marks, despite all of which, the images remain dark and opulent and worthy of Hoppé's pre-eminence as the best portrait photographer of his day. With a signed inscription to MABEL FARMBOROUGH, Christmas 1922, from CHARLES BASS, Vicar of Steeple Claydon - 'A slight acknowledgement of much helpfulness in this and in many former years.' Bass was vicar at Steeple Claydon for 32 years and there is now a stained glass window in dedication to him in the church.

*HOPPÉ [1878-1972], born in Munich and educated at the best schools in Munich, Vienna and Paris, he was destined for a career in banking. He moved to London in 1900 to continue his training in finance, working with Deutsche Bank. He had intended to move to Shanghai but meeting and marrying the sister of an old school friend whilst in London, he remained there and having become captivated by photography, eventually gave up finance and became a full-time photographer. He opened a commercial studio and within a few years was the undisputed leader of pictorial portraiture in Europe. See BILL JAY. Hoppé, a Personal Snapshot - 'To say that someone has a "household name" has become a cliché, yet in Hoppé's case the phrase is apt. Rarely in the history of the medium has a photographer been so famous in his own lifetime among the general public. He was as famous as his sitters. It is difficult to think of a prominent name in the fields of politics, art, literature, and the theatre who did not pose for his camera.'

Jonathan Cape. London.

Date Published: [1922]. 4to. LIMITED EDITION OF 560 COPIES, 500 COPIES FOR SALE, this is no. 49.

Stock No. 62185

Price: 225.00