29 November 2007,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 4,750
Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 4,000
LISITSKII, Lazar Markovich, 'El' (1890-1941) and ERENBURG, Il'ia Grigor'evich (1891-1967). Moi Parizh. [My Paris.] Moscow: IZOGIZ, 1933.
Oblong 8° (163 x 185mm). 121 black and white photographs and 2 black and white photomontages. Original blue paper-covered boards (extremities lightly rubbed), original photo-illustrated dust-jacket designed by El Lisitskii (a few tears neatly repaired from verso, surface lightly rubbed). Provenance: ?'R' (small modernist stamp dated '16 IX 33' in pencil).
FIRST EDITION. IN THE VERY RARE ORIGINAL DUST-JACKET. 'A significant addition to the photographic bibliography of this most photographed of cities. In all of this remarkable book we are allowed only the merest glimpse of a tourist hotspot. Instead, Erenburg contributes a frank, unsparing view of the Parisian proletariat, of which the socialist dissident Atget himself would surely have approved' (The Photobook). MoMA. The Russian Avant Garde Book, pp. 218-19; The Open Book, pp.112-3; The Photobook, vol. I, pp.132-3; Regards à travers le livre 58.
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