10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 6,250
Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000
Atget: Photographe de Paris. New York: E. Weyhe, 1930.
Quarto (268 x 208 mm). 96 black and white photographs. Original burgundy cloth, spine and upper cover lettered in gilt (cloth spine slightly dulled); original cardboard slipcase. Provenance: Richard L. Simon, publisher (typed letter signed from Crowninshield laid-in, dated 1946).
FIRST EDITION, IN THE ORIGINAL CARDBOARD SLIPCASE; Simon & Schuster publisher Richard Simon's copy, with a letter to him from Vanity Fair editor Frank Crowninshield relating to Atget's book. Simon and Crowninshield were both "vigorous champions of photography"; Simon published Margaret Bourke-White, and Steichen's landmark The Family of Man, and suggested The Decisive Moment as the English title for Cartier-Bresson's Images à la sauvette (Associations, p.46). Crowninshield's letter discusses the photograph on p.76 of this book, which shows the Paris shop owned by Simon's grandfather and at which Crowninshield's mother would shop. "An excellent selection, containing many wonderful pictures and giving exquisite visual pleasure" (The Photobook). Also published simultaneously in Paris and Leipzig. The Book of 101 Books, pp. 60-1 ("Atget's photographs have come to be seen by many as the beginning of modern photography"); The Open Book, pp.90-1; The Photobook, vol. I, p.127; Regards à travers le livre 14. (2)
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