Earlier this year when I received a copy of the 802 Photo Books from M+M Auer (5B4 January 18, 2008), one book that I purchased blindly was a copy of Horace Bristol's
First, the "book" is actually 13 booklets encased in a foldout cover. These loose booklets make up different photo essays on cultural aspects of
Honeymoon as the title implies it is a short photo essay of a young Japanese couple with
The other book contains an essay on the
Tongue in cheek as it may be, his whole introduction is actually a long apology for the entire book - which is always a curious way to introduce something you want to sell.
With a little research I also discovered this book was released in the early 1950s in an edition aimed at military personnel sent overseas with the cover title and seal US Fleet Activities. Apparently those two booklets that
For me this is interesting as an example of experimental bookmaking. If this was published as one traditional book it probably would have died a quick death without much notice. The design and package at least make it an interesting read while discovering the few fine photos that stand out amongst the weaker. In my opinion, (and probably Bristol's as well) this isn't worth the usual $40.00 asking price by dealers but if found for under $25.00 I'd pick it up. It was published by East-West in 1949, and from what I gather, this edition was self-published.
To end on a sad note, I have read that