Buenos Aires: Guillermo Kraft LTDA. 1944. 2nd Edition. Quarto, publisher's fawn cloth, spine and upper board gilt, upper board blindruled.
"For in Bolivia, it is not man’s aesthetic creation which fascinates in Nature, but the sheer nakedness which the Creator gave it." Early edition of German art director and emigré photographer Herbert Kirchhoff's panoramic documentation of the most isolated country in South America. Traveling to South America in the late 1930s, Kirchhoff was captivated by Bolivia’s diverse landscapes and the rural and indigenous populations that live primarily from the land. Capturing cities, villages, ruins, and native Bolivians, Kirchhoff graphically synthesizes the continent’s highest and most isolated country. One of a large contingent of European photographers who fled political persecution for South America during the Interwar period, Kirchhoff went on to have an extensive career in travel photography. Illustrated with full page sepia tinted plates, with color frontis map; with preface and index in English and Spanish. Designed by Argentinian typographer and designer Raúl Mario Rosarivo. Originally published in 1942. Lacking scarce dust jacket. Early gift inscription in Yiddish to front endpaper. Some rubbing to corners. Near fine. Item #4156