London, South Kensington
19 May 2009
Facile -- Easy. Text by Paul Eluard. Paris: GLM, 1935.
Folio (241 x 184 mm). 12 black and white photographs. (Light browning in the margins.) Original photo-illustrated card portfolio (rear joint discoloured and with a short tear, colour touched-up in a few places on the edges of the front cover); custom chemise and slipcase.
FIRST EDITION. 'A LANDMARK MODERNIST BOOK AND AN INSPIRATION TO GENERATIONS OF GRAPHIC DESIGNERS' (The Photobook). 'A fluent but not at all facile collaboration between the poet, the photographer, the model and muse, and the publisher' (The Book of 101 Books). The Book of 101 Books, pp.87-7; The Open Book, pp.118-9; The Photobook, vol. I, pp.104-5 ('one of the iconic French photobooks of the 1930s'); Regards à travers le livre 48.
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