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Personally I would love to have a good reproduction copy of it, but even the 1960s version is out of my price range at present. I'm sorry that this indiegogo version didn't make it four years ago. I'm tempted to contact the original poster and see what happened:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fran ... ortfolio#/
His copy seems to be in excellent condition, which is a great rarity. I had never heard that only 15 copies survived the Taliesin fire. That number seems extremely low, but maybe someone else on the forum can confirm.
Here is something else that ended more recently:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Frank-Lloyd-Wr ... 2749.l2649
It's a copy of the so-called "Little Wasmuth" which accompanied the larger portfolio. I'm not sure if the price they asked was reasonable or not, but I have to believe this is quite rare. It says that it was water damaged in the Taliesin fire.
Here's the Dover paperbound oversized (10 3/4" x 13 5/8") edition of the Portfolio:
https://www.amazon.com/Early-Work-Frank ... B000KUUPRS
If you can live without the colored inks and special papers, this is a perfect reference: all the plates, and Wright's introduction and notes to the plates, in English. One of the all-time publishing bargains, in my opinion.
Website University of Utah -> Search: Wasmuth Portfolio
Volume 1: https://collections.lib.utah.edu/details?id=204451
Volume 2: https://collections.lib.utah.edu/details?id=204452
what's printed. Look at my borders to see the degree of off-focus; the borders of the printed photos are crisp and sharp. It appears that the claims made in the Publisher's Note (above) are factual . . .
Dana -- showing open entrance gates. No photos show the gates closed.
Barton (identified as "Martin Wohnhaus")
Coonley -- window muntins and cames in my copy are sharp
Heller -- partial image
superior bindings. It is marked in pencil "$7.95" -- the list price printed on the back cover. I got it at a local used-book store at some point. My Bramhall
is in perfect condition -- I think the dust jacket is in storage -- and also came from a local store, price not marked.
The used-book stores were the source for many of my older volumes. Too bad so many of them are long out of business. (A number of those stores had
named beginning with "A" -- I don't know why. The large "Green Apple" is still alive on Clement.)
In terms of clarity, I'd say they are basically equal. I don't see a higher level of fuzziness in the reproduction. Especially since the reproduction prints are larger, that could be an advantage. However, since the originals are a bit lighter, you do get a bit more detail than the reproductions. In the Husser image, if you look in the central portion of the octagonal porch, there is something a bit more going on there than the darker one. I can see a bit more detail under the cornice on the Heller House, and the staircase on the left at Unity Temple is noticeably clearer. But unless you are scrutinizing them for detail (like you're trying to make a model or something), I don't know that there is a whole lot of difference.
Sorry I couldn't make the originals bigger, but that was the size they were posted on ebay. Enlarging them, which could play with the resolution, didn't seem like the best idea.