10 April 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 3,750
Estimate USD 1,200 - USD 1,800
Fotografie. Prague: The State Press for Belles-Lettres, Music and Art, 1956.
Octavo (237 x 167 mm). Photogravure portrait frontispiece by Josef Ehm, 232 black and white photographs on 113 sheets, 6 folding. Original cloth, lettered in relief on the upper cover and spine; typographic dust jacket (a few tiny chips to spine panel); black cloth folding case.
FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY SUDEK: "J. Sudek Praha 24 XII 56." Fotografie was published to commemorate the sixtieth birthday of one of the most important 20th-century Czechoslovakian photographers. "ONE OF THE FINEST BOOKS OF PHOTOGRAPHY EVER MADE. In its classic, clean design (by Frantisek Tichy), exquisite photogravure printing, and attention to detail (down to a white silk ribbon as bookmark!), it is the perfect vehicle for the full range of Sudek's romantic atmospheric work" (101 Photobooks). Due to the loss of his right hand, books signed or inscribed by Sudek are VERY RARE. 101 Photobooks, p. 144.
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