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    Sale 5948


    19 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 56


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    La Banlieue de Paris -- The Suburbs of Paris. Text by Blaise Cendrars. Lausanne et al.: La Guilde du Livre, 1949.

    Quarto (233 x 172 mm). 130 black and white photographs. Original boards, spine and front cover printed in black, original photo-illustrated endpapers (boards lightly soiled).

    FIRST EDITION OF DOISNEAU'S 'BEST BOOK' (The Photobook). Doisneau, who grew up in the Paris suburbs saw his pictures '"as self-portraits, the reflection of this absurd scenery [he] detested" yet viewed with genuine understanding and unsentimental warmth' (101 Books). This edition precedes the Paris edition which appeared in the same year. Regards à travers le livre 94; Cf. 101 Books, pp.132-33, and The Photobook, vol. I, p.201 (for the Paris edition).

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