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Alphabet: Photographies de Sougez
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Alphabet: Photographies de Sougez

By Sougez [Emmanuel]

Paris: Éditions Antoine Roche, 1932. First Edition, First Printing. Oblong 16mo (6 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches; 168 x 182 mm), [28] pages on heavy card stock in a stapled binding covered by a red band along the spine. A fabulous illustrated children's book by French photographer Emmanuel Sougez (1889-1972). The book presents each letter of the alphabet in both upper and lower case, a word that begins with each letter, and a black-and-white, full-page illustration on the opposite page. What's interesting here is the use of three languages -- English, French, and German -- for each word. For instance, for the letter "S," there's the word Soap in English, Savon in French, and Seife in German, accompanied by a photo of hands washing with soap. This is not Sougez's only photobook for kids. In 1931, French publisher Éditions Henri Jonquières issued Sougez's "Regarde! 24 photographies par E. Sougez." Sougez's daughter, Marie-Loup, wrote about her father's books in the April 1996 issue of "La Revue des livres pour enfants." She says (translating from the French): "These two books are obviously very close to each other in their design and in the desire to offer young readers an object of quality, attractive but serious and educational." Alphabet, she adds, "is a very beautiful 'object' of rationalist conception, very close to the spirit of Bauhaus publications." She also notes that the use of a trilingual format was uncommon at the time. (Page 73). Sougez's two books were among a number of photobooks for children in the early 1930s. "The great thing about children's photobooks from this period of high Modernism was that publishers gave photographers a freer rein than they might have had if illustrating adult books, where their audiences had much more rigid expectations of what they wanted to see." (Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, "The Photobook; A History," Volume 1, page 102). OCLC FirstSearch shows only four institutional holdings of this book: Biblothèque Nationale de France, the New York Public Library, Princeton University, and the Danish Union Catalogue and Danish National Bibliography. Copies of "Alphabet" are also scarce to the market. An important book in graphic design, imaginative in its use of a trilingual text and striking photos. SCARCE. CONDITION: Abrasions to edges of covers and spine, closed tears to top of spine, pages lightly toned. A Very Good copy of a scarce book.

$2200.00

Switzerland

By [Stereoview Set]

New York: Underwood and Underwood, ca. 1904. Case measuring 8 x 5-3/4 x 3-3/4 inches containing 100 stereoviews mounted on gray concave card stock. Gilt lettering to spine. A complete set of 100 stereoviews of Switzerland featuring black-and-white photos of the late 1890s and early 1900s. Each has a short description in English on the recto; the versos have short descriptions in English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, and Russian. (Some versos have longer, more extensive descriptions in English.) The stereoviews are housed in the publishers' original brown cloth case, which is designed to look like a two-volume book set. A complete set full of charming views of Switzerland. Condition: The vast majority of stereoviews are clear and sharp. A bit of fading to a handful of views. The case shows modest wear, with some fading to the gilt lettering on the spine. Overall, a Very Good or better set.

$825.00

Chinese Encounters
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Chinese Encounters

By Morath, Inge and Arthur Miller

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1979. First Edition, First Printing. INSCRIBED on the half title to William and Rose Styron: "For Rose and Bill / A little guidance from under the / Earth. / As ever, / Arthur [and] Inge." (Written in Arthur Miller's hand; Inge Morath has signed her name.) A terrific literary association. This volume presents wonderful color and black-and-white photographs by Inge Morath and extensive, interesting text by her playwright husband, Arthur Miller. They visited China in 1978, and talked with artists and ordinary people during the political thaw that followed Chairman Mao's death and the downfall of the loathsome Gang of Four. A fascinating look at China as it attempted to come to terms with the madness of the Cultural Revolution. Small 4to, 252, [3] pages. Very Good, with foxing to the fore edge and bottom edge, in an unclipped Very Good dust jacket that has some light rubbing. INSCRIBED to William and Rose Styron. This volume will be especially interesting to theater lovers; Miller relates fascinating anecdotes about his meetings with actors and playwrights. And, of course, the photographs are spectacular.

$413.00

Dylan Thomas' New York
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Dylan Thomas' New York

By Seymour, Tryntje Van Ness

Owings Mills, Maryland: Stemmer House Publishers, Inc., 1978. First Paperbound Edition. Dylan Thomas' play, Under Milk Wood, interspersed with photos from his New York haunts. Octavo, unpaginated, soft cover. Very Good, with some creasing and soiling to the paper covers and a line drawn through the original price on the back cover.

$25.00

Face of North Vietnam
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Face of North Vietnam

By [Photography] Riboud, Marc

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. First Edition, First Printing. The scarce hardbound issue featuring photographs of North Vietnam by Marc Riboud, with text by Philippe Devillers. Quarto. Original black cloth, titles to spine in orange, black endpapers. in the spine faded dust jacket. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket, which has some edge wear, rubbing and a few small chips and tears. SCARCE in hardback.

$250.00

The Cubans
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The Cubans

By Combs, Jack Beckham; McCoy, Jennifer L.; Sweig, Julia E

Charlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia Press, 2010. First Edition, First Printing. SIGNED by all three contributors on the title page: Jack Beckham Combs (photographs), Jennifer L. McCoy (foreword), and Julie E. Sweig (essay). Fine in a Fine dust jacket and housed in a Fine slipcase that shows a bit of rubbing. Making 15 trips to Cuba over a period of eight years, New Mexico photographer Jack Combs photographed ordinary Cubans, both urban and rural, all across the island. Most signed copies of the book are signed only by the photographer. SCARCE SIGNED by all three contributors. A beautiful copy.

$325.00

Un Certain Robert Doisneau: La très véridique histoire d'un photographe racontée par lui-même
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Un Certain Robert Doisneau: La très véridique histoire d'un photographe racontée par lui-même

By Doisneau, Robert

Paris: Chêne, 1990. First Edition. SIGNED and dated in the year of publication by the famous photographer and lyrically inscribed to fellow photographer David Gamble. Playing off the title, "Un Certain Robert Doisneau, transforme un certain David Gamble / en receleur / car toutes ces imàges ont été volées / au hasard des rencontres. / En toute complicité / Robert Doisneau / avril 1990" (Translation: "A certain Robert Doisneau transforms a certain David Gamble into a smuggler because all of these images were stolen from chance encounters. In complete complicity, Robert Doisneau April 1990"). Quarto. Profusely illustrated with black and white and a few color photographs, captioned by Doisneau, spanning his career, including a "scrapbook" of family photos. Cover image by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket with two closed edge tears on the top of the rear panel, lightly creased there.

$650.00

Germany

By Eisenstaedt, Alfred

New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1981. First Edition, First Printing. SIGNED “Eisenstaedt” on the half title. Folio. Original black cloth, titles to spine silver. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket with a bit of smudging to the front panel.

$225.00

FSA Photographs
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FSA Photographs

By Wolcott, Marion Post

Carmel, California: The Friends of Photography, 1983. First Edition, First Printing. 4to (11 x 9 1/4 inches; 280 x 235 mm), 48 pages, in stiff wrappers featuring the author's photographs. SIGNED by Marion Post Wolcott on the title page. Fabulous photos documenting rural poverty during the Depression. Marion Post Wolcott (1910-1990) worked as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration. The present work contains 33 striking photos, mostly from rural areas in the South. There's also a chronology as well as an interesting introduction by Sally Stein describing Wolcott's life and work. No other signed copies in the market as of September 5, 2019. SCARCE SIGNED. CONDITION: Some flaking to top of spine, edge wear and scuffing to wrappers. Internally, clean, bright, and unmarked. A Very Good or better copy.

$358.00