February 2022 Catalogue

First Edition Of Cartier-Bresson’s Decisive Moment, 1952, In Original Dust Jacket Designed By Matisse 10. CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri. The Decisive Moment. New York, 1952. Folio, original pictorial boards, dust jacket, caption booklet. $6500. Click for more info First edition in English, published simultaneously with the French, with 126 photographic illustrations by “the Raphael of 20th-century photographers,” a splendid copy with laid-in original caption book and the colorful dust jacket with design by Matisse. An association copy with the owner signature of awardwinning American artist Edgar A. Batzell. Cartier-Bresson “is famous for his theory of the ‘decisive moment’—that is seizing the split second when the subject stands revealed in its most significant aspect. Today he ranks as one of the most important and influential photographers of this century” (Blodgett, 96)—“the Raphael of 20th-century photographers” (Icons of Photography, 58). Decisive Moment is Cartier-Bresson’s most famous work, containing his most comprehensive and important statement on the meaning, technique, and utility of photography. “The simultaneous publication [of this edition with Images à la Sauvette] in New York in July 1952, with a cover by Matisse (who had just had his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art) was a tremendous success” (Roth, 134). Separate caption pamphlet (rarely found) laid in. Parr & Badger I:208. Open Book, 154-5. Book about-fine, dust jacket with mild toning to extremities and expertly repaired tear to front panel. A near-fine copy. “The world is movement, and you cannot be stationary in your attitude toward something that is moving.” February 2022 – 12 – Bauman Rare Books