London: Maclaren & Sons, . First Edition. 4to. Green boards with gilt title. Decorated endpapers. With 12 full-page color illustrations, eight tipped-in half-tones; and two tipped-in original gelatin silver prints. Boards show a bit of rubbing, light dents, minor scuffs. Contemprary bookplate to front pastedown. Front hinge starting. Several light creases to pages; a bit foxed and thumbsoiled throughout. About very good. 360pp. including ads. Item #19809
First trade edition of this landmark photobook. Parr and Badger: “The nineteenth-century photo book was primarily an archive in which the things of the world were stored and catalogued. Here, at the beginning of the twentieth century, one of the humblest, yet most essential of objects is catalogued as precisely, rigorously and objectively as any work by a 1980s conceptual artist" (Volume I, p.56). [Bitting p. 434].