Toros Muertos. Photographs by Lucien Clergue. Edited by Jean Petit. Ernst Battenbreg Verlag, Stuttgart, 1962. Unpaged. Quarto. First edition. Photo-illustrated boards and endpapers. Quarter leather spine. No dust jacket as issued. Photo-illustrated endpapers. Matching, photo-illustrated slipcase. Black-and-white reproductions. Text in German. |
Clergue's best book! As Parr and Badger write, Clergue's depiction of the professional bull ring makes it difficult to tell whether he is "pro or anti-bullfightling. That is the book's great strength. By applying immediacy and spontaneity to a specific event, [putting] us in the position of a participant rather than a spectator, giving us all the evidence we need to make up our minds."
Trace of smudging to spine; a few spots of foxing; else Fine- in Fine- slipcase that is just slightly worn around extremities with a few surface scratches to rear.