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LOT 41

Lot 41

Eight Lumiere Press Limited Edition Books on Photography (dating from 1986-1992)

Eight Lumiere Press Limited Edition Books on Photography (dating from 1986-1992)
Lot 41 Details
Eight Lumiere Press Limited Edition Books on Photography (dating from 1986-1992), Canadian


1. Michel Lambeth (1923-1977), Canadian
“The Confessions of a Tree Taster”, 1987. Illustrated by Lambeth with preface by Michael Torosian. Published in celebration of the Public Archives of Canada’s major retrospective, “Michel Lambeth Photographer” curated by Michael Torosian. Numbered copy 82/150 in pen and ink to the colophon

2. Edward Weston (1886–1958) American
“Centennial 1886-1986, Dedicated to Simplicity / A Reminiscence by Cole Weston”, 1986. Printed in an edition of 26 copies lettered A to Z, retained by the press, and a numbered edition of 150. Issued in commemoration of the centennial of Weston’s birth, May 1986, Homage Volume I. Numbered 102/150 to the colophon. Autographed edition inscribed "To Anita from Michael Torosian" and dated "1.X.1986" to the colophon.

3. Paul Strand (1890–1976), American
“Paul Strand Centennial 1890-1990 / Orgeval, A Remembrance by Naomi Rosenblum”, 1990. Thirty-four pages. Edition 200, December 1990, Homage Volume V. Autographed edition by Siskind and dated 4/26/90 to the opening page opposite the title page. Numbered 197/200 to the colophon.

4. Aaron Siskind (1903–1991), American
“The Siskind Variations”,1990. There are 26 lettered and 190 numbered copies; illustrated with two original silver gelatin prints from the negatives, both portraits of the photographer. One of 190 copies, autographed copy, signed by Siskind and dated 4/26/90 in pen and ink to the opening page opposite the title page. Numbered 18/190 to the colophon.

5. Frederick Sommer (1905–1999), American/Italian
“The Constellations That Surround Us, The Conjunction of General Aesthetics & Poetic Logic in an Artist's Life”, 1992. Illustrated with four tipped-in gelatin-silver prints: a rare portrait of Sommer by Edward Weston, and three various images by Sommer. Edition 200, May 1992, Homage Volume VI. Numbered 168/200 to the colophon.

6. David G. Heath (1950- ), American
“Extempore, Reflections & Ruminations on Art & Personal History”, 1988. Two previously rare, unpublished photographs: portrait of Heath and an image by Heath from 1951, printed on gelatin-silver paper and tipped in, further illustrated with a half-tone reproduction of one of Heath’s hand-rendered layouts for a sequence from ADWS. Edition 150 copies, May 1988, Homage Volume III. Numbered H/C to the colophon.

7. The Isaacs Gallery, 1989
"Toronto suite: an exhibition of portraits of the artists by Michael Torosian, the Isaacs Gallery, May 13-June 2, 1989". Limited edition of 150 copies; signed by the publisher, author and photographer Michael Torosian to the colophon. The frontispiece photograph, "Av Isaacs", 1988, is a gelatin silver print made from the original negative by the photographer, Michael Torosian. Numbered H/C to the colophon.

8. Lumiere Press,
Pamphlet, 12 pages, n.d.

Six titles, nos. 1 to 6, are quarter bound in natural linen and Canson paper over boards in the uniform style of the series. The 7th, with black spine and grey paper cover with Isaacs logo. The last with brown paper cover and gilt sun motif on cover.

Each 9 x 6 in — 22.9 x 15.2 cm

Estimate $1,000-$1,500

Realised: $1,320
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Gifted directly from Michael Torosian to the present Private Collection, Oakville, ON, former neighbour of Michael Torosian and first proof-reader for his publications for Lumiere Press, accompanied by a letter from Michael on Lumiere Press letterhead in thanks for services.


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LOT 41

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