The Boy and the Dove. Story by James Sage. Photographs by Robert Doisneau, with the artistic collaboration of Pierre Derlon. Workman Publishing Company, New York, 1978. Unpaged. Small oblong quarto. First edition, first printing. Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. Black-and-white reproductions.
Children were one of Doisneau's favorite subjects, and this photo-story is a true story about a family he befriended and photographed. In it, a young boy whose father trained birds for the theatre always dreamt about having a dove of his own. His father takes him to a bird market in Paris and buys him a dove, and the warm-hearted story of the boy and the dove progresses. The photographs tell the story with Doisneau's usual charm and lyrical sense. Lee Witkin, whose gallery represented Doisneau for most of its existence, particularly liked this book; after Doisneau presented him with this copy, Witkin asked the photographer to inscribe copies to two young children in his family.
Fine- in Very Good- jacket that is rubbed and worn; small chips to front and rear panels.