Oversized in paper wraps. Very minor edgewear to covers. Beautifully
illustrated. B&W Photographs 0.9 x 11.1 x 8.5 Inches 288 pages
The first comprehensive look at the Smithsonian's extraordinary
The Smithsonian holds more than 13
million images spanning over 150 years of taking and collecting
photographs. This largely unknown body of photography (most never before
published) represents nothing less than the Smithsonian's effort, in the
name of all Americans, to describe and comprehend the world. Open
anywhere in these pages to be plunged into the history of our modernity,
and see what the Smithsonian deemed important to document and preserve.
The famous, the infamous, and the never-before-seen are here in a
remarkable "democracy of images": Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, P.T.
Barnum and Tom Thumb, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Lucille Ball, Greta
Garbo, Babe Ruth; the earliest views of the moon and the earliest
panoramic view of Damascus; rare Native American photography; views of
Asia, Africa, and the American West; photographs of early flight, and
much, much more. By recording the act of seeing, and of what was seen,
both photography and the Smithsonian have shaped our sense of ourselves,
as individuals, as a people, as a country. 82 color photographs, 195
duotones, 2 gatefolds.