10 April 2008
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 (minor soiling); cloth folding box. Provenance: Lou Noirel (inscription from Cendrars).
FIRST EDITION. A FINE COPY SIGNED BY DOISNEAU WITH A FLOURISH, AND INSCRIBED BY CENDRARS: "à Mme Lou Noirel. Hommage de Blaise Cendrars". 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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