The Work of Atget. 4 Volume Set. Photographs by Eugène Atget. Text by John Szarkowski and Maria Morris Hambourg. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1981-1985. All First Editions.
The definitive works on Eugène Atget.
Volume 1 - Old France. The first volume contains work made in the alleyways, side streets, and countryside of Atget's beloved France.
Volume 2 - The Art of Old Paris. The second volume explores the art and architecture of old Paris. Evoking the history and tradition of the French people, this area was Atget's special concern, for much of it was in danger of disappearing.
Volume 3 - The Ancien Regíme. The third volume in this series contains Atget's pictures of three principal sites: Versailles, Saint-Cloud, and Sceaux's formal gardens. Szarkowski speculates on the workings of Atget's mind and Hambourg explains the serial structure of Atget's work.
Volume 4 - Modern Times. The fourth and concluding volume dedicated to the work of Eugène Atget. This compilation, which includes views of street scenes, shops, canals, interiors, carnivals, and cafés, is the definitive portrait of Paris circa 1898-1927. The text by Szarkowski and Hambourg examines the various writings and criticisms on Atget's work since the 1920s, including the reactions and opinions of Evans, Abbott, Weston, and Adams. All volumes are exquisitely reproduced using tritone offset lithography.
The entire clothbound set is pristine, in the original publisher's shrink wrap. One volume has one tiny corner of the shrink wrap torn, another has the top edge of the shrink wrap split, with a two inch tear of the shrink wrap near the top right corner, running vertically, with the front cover revealed slightly at that location. Note: since shrink wrap does a disservice to illustrating these books, the image of the four volumes is reproduced from a prior auction.