31 May 2007
Les Nus de Drtikol -- Nudes by Drtikol. Paris: A. Calavas. Librairie des Arts Décoratifs, 1929. Folio (395 x 297mm). 30 black and white gravures, loose as issued. Original grey boards portfolio, original printed paper label on front cover (re-backed in cloth, minor, expert repairs at the corners).
FIRST EDITION. A VERY GOOD COPY OF ONE OF THE RAREST AND FINEST PHOTOBOOKS OF THE 20TH CENTURY. 'Drtikol's work peaked in the years 1927-1929, when he created an exceptional number of masterpieces' (Birgus). He was recognised internationally in the 1920s as a preeminent photographer of nudes, for which he won a number of awards. Birgus, Czech Photographic Avant-Garde 1918-1948, p.39; Regards à travers le livre 28.
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