INSCRIBED BY ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ, A RARE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION COPY OF PARIS VU, 1934
KERTÉSZ, André and MAC-ORLAN, Pierre. Paris Vu par André Kertész. Paris: Librairie Plon, (1934). Quarto, original half white cloth, original stiff photographic wrappers. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of Kertész scarce second book, a rare presentation/association copy, boldly inscribed on the half title to major collector/publisher Daniel Berley, closely associated with the prestigious Lee Witkin Gallery, “À Dan & Frances Berley, Le 3. Octobre 1973,” featuring 48 velvety heliogravures of Paris cityscapes.
André Kertész’ scarce second photobook, Paris, precedes his well-known Day of Paris (1945) by over a decade and features the first publication of many images reprinted there—such as “Les Berges du Quai du Louvre,” “Quai D’Orsay” and “La Fontaine Médicis.” “Like so many other exiled European artists, Kertész left Paris before the German invasion,” not long after publication of this premiere work (Roth, 114). As John Szarkowski notes, ever since Kertész “began photographing in 1912 he sought the revelation of the elliptical view, the unexpected detail, the ephemeral moment… a sense of the sweetness of life, a free and childlike pleasure in the beauty of the world and the preciousness of sight” (Looking, 92). It is here, in this luminous, rarely found photobook, that we find “the best of Kertész’ humanist documentary imagery, made between 1925 and 1935 when he lived in Paris” (Parr & Badger I:200). Text in French by noted critic Pierre Mac Orlan. First edition, published in wrappers only; as issued without dust jacket. See Open Book, 138. From the library of Daniel Berley, whose close “involvement with the Witkin Gallery in New York allowed him to meet many photographers” and build a highly valued photography collection (University of Oregon Museum).
Images fresh and bright, expert restoration to original photographic wrappers. An exceptional near-fine presentation copy with a memorable association.