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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.

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MATISSE’S FINAL ILLUSTRATED BOOK, SIGNED BY HIM

MATISSE, Henri. Poemes de Charles D'Orleans. Paris, 1950.

Signed limited edition of the last illustrated book by Matisse, a selection of medieval ballads chosen by the artist, number 763 of only 1230 copies signed by Matisse in pencil on the limitation page, with 100 color lithographed pages completely designed, lettered, decorated, and illustrated by Matisse, including the frontispiece portrait of Charles d'Orléans signed and dated "Henri Matisse 3/43" on the stone. $6200.

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