Sixty Years of Photography, 1912-1972. Photographs by André Kertész. Edited by Nicolas Ducrot. Short introduction by Dada poet by Paul Dermee. Grossman Publishers, New York, 1972. 224 pp. First edition. Inscribed and dated: "To ______, A. Kertész/May 5, 1978". Squarish quarto. Clothbound in library protected dust jacket. Numerous gravure reproductions. Includes chronology and notes to plates.
photo-eye director Rixon Reed claims this as one of his all-time favorite photography books. A masterpiece of printing, the more than 200 images were done in helio gravure in France by Braun, one of the world's great printers. Included are many of Kertész's best known pictures: Hungarian scenes, classic photographs of Mondrian's staircase, portraits of artist and writer friends taken in Paris in the twenties and thirties, his famous surrealist distortions, and more. A gorgeous book!
Fine in a Fine, well-protected dust jacket that has a closed 2 1/2" tear (barely visible beneath the protective jacket) along joint; a tiny scuff along lower page edges; text block is ever so slightly off-center.