London, South Kensington
19 May 2009
Ballet. New York: J.J. Augustin, 1945.
Oblong quarto (280 x 215 mm). 104 black and white photographs. Original drab boards with cloth spine, original grey and white French-fold dust jacket pasted down at spine, as issued (small chips and short tears at spine ends and corners, some light fading and soiling).
FIRST EDITION. 'A LEGENDARY PHOTOBOOK,' and 'one of the most successful attempts at suggesting motion in photography, and certainly one of the most cinematic and dynamic photobooks ever published' (The Photobook). It is a radical work, both in layout and technique, which 'spat in the face of technique and pointed out a new way in which photographers could work' (Kerry William Purcell, quoted in The Photobook). 1 of 500 copies, the entire edition. A very good copy of a fragile book. 101 Books, pp.110-13; The Open Book, pp.136-37; The Photobook, pp.240-41; Regards à travers le livre 85.
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