RARE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION COPY OF CARTIER-BRESSON’S IMAGES À LA SAUVETTE (DECISIVE MOMENT), INSCRIBED TO LEGENDARY FASHION DESIGNER BALENCIAGA
(BALENCIAGA, Cristobal) CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri. Images à la Sauvette. Paris, 1952. First edition in French of “one of the greatest of all photobooks” (Parr & Badger), a rare presentation/association copy that unites two giants of 20th-century photography and fashion, inscribed in French by Cartier-Bresson on the half title: “à Balanciaga [sic], bien cordialement avec toute notre admiration [signed] Eli Cartier-Bresson [signed] Henri Cartier-Bresson” (very cordially with all our admiration), featuring 126 photogravures (many double-page) that define the idea of ‘the decisive moment,’ with cover designs by Matisse, housed in a custom clamshell box. $12,500.