The Two Red Roses Foundation has recently acquired several vintage original prints by William Mortensen and an extensive collection of his books, pamphlets, magazines, exhibition catalogs and ephemera. Notable in this collection is "The Seven Ages of Woman", an extremely rare and self-published 1927 book, signed, and composed of 8 original silver prints, numbered in ink (on the flyleaf) '16' of an edition of 20. Another extremely rare and possibly unique book is the 1936 first edition of Monsters and Madonnas with its original thin paper dust wrapper and shipping carton as well as a paper negative by Mortensen.


For those interested, the essays listed below offer a much closer look at the fascinating and colorful life and times of William Mortensen: