Eugene Atget, Photographe de Paris. Preface by Pierre Mac-Orlan. E. Weyhe, New York, 1930. 23 pp. text + plates. Quarto. First edition. Burgundy moire cloth with gilt title and spine. 96 collotype plates mounted on linen stubs. Captions printed in six page booklet gate-folded and tipped-in at the back of the book.
Included in four key photobook references: Parr/Badger: The Photobook: A History, Volume 1; Roth, ed.: The Book of 101 Books and The Open Book and 802 photobooks from the Auer
This very first Atget monograph was published simultaneously in the United States, France, and Germany. Since Atget lived from 1857-1927, he forms a link between the nineteenth century--in both his technique and his desire to record events--and the twentieth--in the way that young photographers look to him as a proto-modernist. When he died, Berenice Abbott went about buying his studio effects (now in the Museum of Modern Art), and to find a larger audience for his work. This included having his work included in the Salon Independent de la Photographie in 1928 and the publication of this volume in 1930. A gorgeous book whose historic importance is matched by the richness of the collotype prints, which rival the quality of the original photographs.--reference: Molly Nesbit, Photography and History: Eugene Atget, in The New History of Photography
Near Fine; binding tight, just slightly askew; moderate sun-striking to spine area; slight wear to 'tips'; trace of foxing to endpapers.