Israel. Photographs by Izis. Preface by Andre Malraux. Text by Andre Neher. Signed and dated (Paris 1957) with inscription 'A Madame Appel' on front fly leaf. Quarto. Illustrated jacket over boards in glassine. Cover and frontispiece by Chagall. Fold-out table of illustrations appended. Text in French. 2 tipped-in color plates. Numerous black-and-white photos. Lausanne, Editions Clariefontaine, 1955.
Israel Bidermanas (Izis)--like his compatriots, Doisneau and Cartier-Bresson--was a master of the French street scene. Though he rarely left Paris, he made visits to Israel in 1952-1954. The images he produced reflect some of the idealism optimism of the new country. Inscription "A Madame Appel, la plus charmante des libraries cet avec les amities de [unreadable proper name] Izis. Paris 1957."
Small one-inch closed tear to upper edge dust jacket on rear near crown; some chipping to dust jacket at base of spine and corners. Jacket is in protective acetate cover. Some fading and yellowing to pages; otherwise Fine.