Images à la Sauvette.Paris: Éditions Verve, 1952 Stock Code: 147013
Inscribed by the photographerFirst edition, first printing, inscribed by the artist on the half-title "à Monsieur Gert Weber en hommage Henri Cartier-Bresson"; the recipient was the German painter and graphic artist Gert Weber (born 1951), who was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2018.
"The Paris-based Greek publisher, Tériades (Stratis Eleftheriadis) - renowned for making deluxe books with such artists as Matisse, Miró and Léger, and for his magazines Minotaur and Verve - had planned a book with Henri Cartier-Bresson in the late 1930s. The war intervened, and following the photographer's successful retrospective show at MoMA in 1947, Tériades eventually published Images à la sauvette in 1952 - or as it was happily retitled for its American co-edition (published the same year) The Decisive Moment... It is one of the greatest of all photobooks" (Parr & Badger).
Folio. Original lithographic boards with titles and decoration by Matisse in black, green and blue, titles to front cover and spine in black. Housed in a blue cloth solander box.
With 126 photographic plates.
Light soiling and rubbing, expertly and discreetly rebacked preserving original spine. A very good copy.
Parr & Badger I, 208-9.
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