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PL 690 BOYS IN KAIAK Copper Plate & Proof Gravure

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PL 690 BOYS IN KAIAK Copper Plate & Proof Gravure
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1. EDWARD S. CURTIS. Plate 690 Boys In Kaiak - Nunivak, 1928. 11.6x15.6" image on 17x13.9" copper plate. Plate date 1930. From Portfolio 20, Alaska, of The North American Indian. Engraved on plate recto: Plate 690 / Boys in Kaiak - Nunivak / From Copyright Photograph 1928 by E.S. Curtis / Photogravure Suffolk Eng. Co. Cambridge Mass.

2. EDWARD S. CURTIS. Plate 690 Boys In Kaiak - Nunivak, 1928. 11.6x15.6" image on 12.5x16.5" Holland Van Gelder paper mounted on envelope remnants. Print date 1930. From Portfolio 20, Alaska, of The North American Indian. Inscribed in ink on print recto: Plate 690 / [Missing corner] In Kaiak - Nunivak / From Copyright Photograph 1928 by E.S. Curtis / Photogravure Suffolk Eng. Co. Cambridge Mass; various printer's marks in red crayon. Inscribed in ink on envelop recto: 57175 / Jan. 2/1930 / North American Indians [sic] / Vol. XX.

Curtis wrote about this: "Eskimo boys are trained in manly pursuits from their earliest years and are honored with feasts on taking their first game."

To make the photogravure prints from the negative Curtis created a positive, that he would edit on and then working with the great photogravure printing companies in Boston, John Andrew & Son that became Suffolk Engraving Company, they made over 2200 copper plates from which the photogravures were to be printed. Each plate was stored in an envelope that had a Holland Van Gelder Photogravure attached to it of the copper plate it housed, written title information that was to be engraved into the plates and printed on the prints. They also had notes pointing out flaws that needed to be corrected on the copper plates themselves before the final prints were pulled. There are 29 Envelope plate photogravures offered in various lots in this auction. The envelopes themselves only partially survived, tattered and torn.
Condition
1. Copper Plate: Very Good. Minor scratches, tarnish, dents, abrasions, small dark spots, and ink residue throughout plate surface.
2. Envelope: Fair. 4.5" tear in print, image loss, corner and edge loss. Image crossed out with black crayon. Print surface is dirty, creased, and spotted with printer's ink. The envelope is dirty, torn, and tattered.
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PL 690 BOYS IN KAIAK Copper Plate & Proof Gravure

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5180: PL 690 BOYS IN KAIAK Copper Plate & Proof Gravure

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Est. $14,000 - $22,500Starting Price $8,500
EDWARD S. CURTIS 100 Copper Plates of Indians
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Lot 5180 Details

Description
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1. EDWARD S. CURTIS. Plate 690 Boys In Kaiak - Nunivak, 1928. 11.6x15.6" image on 17x13.9" copper plate. Plate date 1930. From Portfolio 20, Alaska, of The North American Indian. Engraved on plate recto: Plate 690 / Boys in Kaiak - Nunivak / From Copyright Photograph 1928 by E.S. Curtis / Photogravure Suffolk Eng. Co. Cambridge Mass.

2. EDWARD S. CURTIS. Plate 690 Boys In Kaiak - Nunivak, 1928. 11.6x15.6" image on 12.5x16.5" Holland Van Gelder paper mounted on envelope remnants. Print date 1930. From Portfolio 20, Alaska, of The North American Indian. Inscribed in ink on print recto: Plate 690 / [Missing corner] In Kaiak - Nunivak / From Copyright Photograph 1928 by E.S. Curtis / Photogravure Suffolk Eng. Co. Cambridge Mass; various printer's marks in red crayon. Inscribed in ink on envelop recto: 57175 / Jan. 2/1930 / North American Indians [sic] / Vol. XX.

Curtis wrote about this: "Eskimo boys are trained in manly pursuits from their earliest years and are honored with feasts on taking their first game."

To make the photogravure prints from the negative Curtis created a positive, that he would edit on and then working with the great photogravure printing companies in Boston, John Andrew & Son that became Suffolk Engraving Company, they made over 2200 copper plates from which the photogravures were to be printed. Each plate was stored in an envelope that had a Holland Van Gelder Photogravure attached to it of the copper plate it housed, written title information that was to be engraved into the plates and printed on the prints. They also had notes pointing out flaws that needed to be corrected on the copper plates themselves before the final prints were pulled. There are 29 Envelope plate photogravures offered in various lots in this auction. The envelopes themselves only partially survived, tattered and torn.
Condition
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1. Copper Plate: Very Good. Minor scratches, tarnish, dents, abrasions, small dark spots, and ink residue throughout plate surface.<br>2. Envelope: Fair. 4.5" tear in print, image loss, corner and edge loss. Image crossed out with black crayon. Print surface is dirty, creased, and spotted with printer's ink. The envelope is dirty, torn, and tattered.

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