New books: Dürer-era science & technology and the untold story of Edward Weston’s affair with Margrethe Mather

The “Stack”–my stack of books that I am trying to get to–is piling up here far faster than I can shrink it. I’ll write a little bit about why that is the case tomorrow. Today I wanted to simply mention the two new additions.

First is an exhibition catalog I mentioned earlier. Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe by Susan Dackerman is an attractive-looking, large scale (12 x 9.5 or so) paperback on high quality paper. The wrap-around Dürer Rhino illustration is embossed in black upon a bright white background. Not available in hardcover so we’ll see how durable the paperback binding will prove to be.

The second addition is Artful Lives: Edward Weston, Margrethe Mather, and the Bohemians of Los Angeles by Beth Gates Warren. Apparently Weston edited much of this story out of his Daybooks so this one, I hope, will offer much that is new to me. The back cover promises, “A biography that reads like a novel.” Hmmm. From the Getty Museum, the book is a platinum-colored hardback.

Speaking of Weston’s Daybooks, what is up with that? It’s been out of print for quite a few years now. It seems that the time would be right to re-publish it, perhaps in an uncensored version.