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Gowin, Emmet (Photographer) & Tempest Williams, Terry (Contributor). MARIPOSAS NOCTURNAS: MOTHS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA: A STUDY IN BEAUTY AND DIVERSITY. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 144 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of color photographs. One of the most beautiful and important photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. A brilliant production by Emmet Gowin: Oversize-volume format. A very tall and large book. Pictorial hard boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Emmet Gowin. Essay by Terry Tempest Williams. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Emmet Gowin's "Mariposas Nocturnas: Moths of Central And South America: A Study In Beauty And Diversity". Beyond treasurable: A stunningly beautiful taxonomy-portrait of the nocturnal moths of Central and South America, in all of their seemingly infinite diversity. "For the past fifteen years, Emmet Gowin has been engaged in a profound project on a massive scale, capturing the exquisite beauty of more than one thousand species of nocturnal moths in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, French Guiana, and Panama. These color portraits present the moths, many of which have never been photographed as living specimens before, and some of which will never be seen again. Arrayed in typologies of twenty-five per sheet, the moths are photographed alive, in natural positions and postures, and set against a variety of backgrounds taken from the natural world and images from art history. Throughout Gowin's distinguished career, his work has addressed urgent concerns. The arresting images of 'Mariposas Nocturnas' extend his reach, as Gowin fosters awareness for a part of Nature that is generally left un-observed, and calls for a greater awareness of the bio-diversity and value of the tropics as a universally shared natural treasure" (Publisher's blurb). Gowin also provides a fascinating personal history of his work with biologists, and describes in detail the photographic process behind his extraordinary, first-of-its-kind project. "The world is saturated with loveliness, inhabited by others far more adept at living with uncertainty than we are" (Terry Tempest Williams). An absolute "must-have" title for Emmet Gowin collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Emmet Gowin. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Now 77 years old, Gowin signed a few copies through the publisher only. This title is an instant collectible, and will become a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 90 twenty-five-per-sheet, full-color typological plates, 2 black-and-white portraits. One of the most important American photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0691176892. $150.00

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