THIS LOT CONSISTS OF TWO BRASSAI BOOKS: Paris, with text by John Russell and photographs by Brassaï (1960), INSCRIBED BY BRASSAI TO THE LATE PIONEERING PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY OWNER, LEE D. WITKIN; and Paroles by Jacques Prevert (1949) with illustrated wrap-around cover photograph by Brassai.
Paris. Text by John Russell. Photographs by Brassaï. B.T. Batsford Limited, London, 1960. First edition. Large octavo. Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. 264 pp. INSCRIBED BY BRASSAI TO HIS GALLERIST ON THE TITLE-PAGE: "For Lee/ bien amicalement ce bien (?) livre / Brassai / London le 15 Sept. 1982." On the dustjacket text, the publisher concludes: "Mr. Russell has been marvelously lucky in his collaborator, the photographer Brassai." Brassai had been photographing the French capital for more than three decades, and in artistic circles he was sometimes called "the eye of Paris." This book is illustrated with forty-two halftone plates, thirty-seven full-page and five double-page. A fine copy in dustjacket with some scattered rubbing at extremities. Small label reading "Personal Estate of Lee D. Witkin" at bottom corner of front endpaper.
Paroles. Jacques Prevert. Le Point du Jour NRF, Paris, 1949. Small octavo. Illustrated stiff wrappers with a photograph by Brassaï of graffiti and the remains of a poster on a wall that wraps around both covers; title in red superimposed on the photograph. 244 pp. + ads. Prevert's first published book of poems, originally published by Le Calligraphie in 1945 in a larger format. Very good copy; minor edge spots where lamination chipped off and a soft crease at outer upper corner of back cover.