10 April 2008
The Decisive Moment. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952.
Quarto (359 x 270 mm). 126 black and white photographs. Captions laid-in. Original pictorial boards REPRODUCING AN ORIGINAL DESIGN BY MATISSE (front hinge starting to split); pictorial dust jacket reproducing the cover design (some light chipping and splitting to ends of spine panel and edges); cloth slipcase. Provenance: Edward Weston (presentation inscription from Cartier-Bresson).
FIRST EDITION. AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY CARTIER-BRESSON TO EDWARD WESTON: "à Edouard avec l'amitié de Hank." AN OUTSTANDING ASSOCIATION COPY, CONNECTING TWO GUIDING LIGHTS OF PHOTOGRAPHY. "ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL PHOTOBOOKS," and that which introduced the enduring concept of "the decisive moment" (The Photobook). "Cartier-Bresson's precise organization of forms has come to be the standard against which that of all other photographers is measured, and this book is its proper expression" (101 Books). The book was an immediate success, and inspired countless artists and photographers. With the booklet of captions, and with the rare technical report to photographers by publisher Richard Simon, both laid-in. 101 Books, pp.134-35; The Open Book, pp.154-55; The Photobook, p.208.
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