19 May 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,500
Estimate GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
Paris de Nuit -- Paris by Night. Introduction by Paul Morand. Paris: Arts et Métiers Graphiques, 1933.
Folio (250 x 190 mm). 60 black and white photographs. (Light wear to lower inside corner.) Original spiral-bound photo-illustrated card wrappers (some edge-wear and shallow creases, a few tabs lost from the spiral binding). Provenance: P. van Schooten (faint ink-stamp).
FIRST EDITION. One of 'the best produced and influential photobooks ever'; the book that made Brassaï's reputation and 'a ravishing book object in a purely physical sense. The printing represents arguably the most luscious gravure ever seen.' (The Photobook). 101 Books, pp.76-77 ('it's lost none of its dark glamour'); The Open Book, pp.110-11; The Photobook, vol. I, p.134; Regards à travers le livre 57.
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