10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 3,750
Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000
Diary of a Century. Edited by Richard Avedon. New York: The Viking Press, 1970.
Quarto (330 x 255 mm). Black and white photographs throughout. Publisher's brown cloth, spine and front cover lettered in blind, illustrated endpapers; original gold-foil dust-jacket (partially price-clipped, minor wear); cloth folding box. Provenance: Lee Witkin, influential photography dealer (inscription from Lartigue).
FIRST EDITION. INSCRIBED BY LARTIGUE TO LEE WITKIN: "For Lee son ami J.H. Lartigue" and with drawings of suns and a flower. In an excellent example of the fragile dust-jacket. Together with a copy of the MoMA catalogue The Photographs of Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1963) inscribed by Lartigue to Witkin, "avec mes amitiés", signing both as "Jac" and with his full name. 101 Books, pp.200-01; The Open Book, pp. 264-65; Regards à travers le livre 160 ("without question the nicer of the two works based on the photographs of Lartigue"). (2)
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