The Decisive Moment.|
Photographs and Foreword by Henri Cartier-Bresson. "Technical Report to the Photographs" by Richard L. Simon, publisher.
Simon and Schuster in collaboration with Éditions Verve of Paris, New York, 1952. First Edition. Folio; gravure plates; staple-bound captions pamphlet laid in; decorative paper-covered boards; dust jacket.
Perhaps the most influential photography book ever published, Henri Cartier-Bresson’s The Decisive Moment was published simultaneously in Paris as Images à la Sauvette and New York. It has never been reprinted. Henri Matisse designed the dust jacket which is also used for the book’s illustrated paper-covered boards. The gravure printing in France by Draeger is of the highest quality, with rich, tight grain, not often found in later gravure books. The separate brochure containing the captions is "for easy reference in perusing." The Decisive Moment is certainly a landmark in photography and art book publishing.
Age-tanning of pages and dust jacket is evident, not uncommon for this book. Dust jacket has various small closed tears, small half inch triangle missing from bottom edge of front; detached at rear fold and held together by clear tape; a two inch piece is missing at bottom of spine; overall the jacket is contained nicely within a clear mylar book jacket cover.
The boards exhibit typical wear, some soiling and chipping especially on the edges; front end paper starting to split at top hinge, corners are nice and square; the book's text block is tight; pages crisp; no previous owner's inscription or marks. A fine copy of this increasingly valuable book, and internally, one of the nicest copies we've seen.
Reference: Andrew Roth's The Book of 101 Books