Lichtbilder. Photographs by Eugene Atget (with frontispiece portrait by Berenice Abbott). Introduction by Camille Recht. Verlag Henri Jonquières, Paris and Leipzig, 1930. 34 pp. text + plates. Large quarto. No. 620 in an edition of 1000 copies. Hardbound. 96 full-page collotypes from the original Atget negatives. Acetate protector. Text in German.
Berenice Abbott purchased the contents of Atget’s studio in Paris--1,300 glass negatives and 7,000 prints assembled in albums--following his death in 1927. She brought the collection to New York with the backing of Julian Levy. Together, they introduced Atget’s work to the American public in a series of exhibitions and publications. The German edition of this monograph was published simultaneously in English and French editions on the occasion of the first one-man exhibition organized by Levy and Abbott at the Weyhe Gallery in New York. A rare copy of an important book! 350 works from Julian Levy's collection of Atget material were acquired in 2001 by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Many of them were seen in a show titled Looking at Atget that ran there in 2005.
Near Fine; Clean and tight internally; boards lightly soiled with a trace of foxing and spotting; crown and base of spine just slightly threadbare; tiny bookseller's sticker on upper corner of front pastedown.