Paris de Nuit. Photographs by Brassaï. Text by Paul Morand. Editions Arts et Metiers Graphiques, Paris, 1933. 74 pp. Quarto. First edition. SIGNED by writer Paul Morand on title page.* Spiral bound with stiff card wrappers. 60 gravure reproductions.
NOTE: The hand-written 'Brassaï' notation, also on the title page, does not appear to to be by the artist.
"Paris de Nuit is a ravishing book object in a purely physical sense. The printing represents arguably the most luscious gravure ever seen, the blacks being so rich and deep that after handling the book one expects to find sooty deposits all over one's fingers. The gradation of tones is wonderfully subtle, describing an apparently infinite range of black and near-black tones...one should think of it as among the best produced and influential photobooks ever."--Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, vol. I
"Paris de Nuit combines the luxe and the louche… Its graphic design is sophisticated and its photogravure reproductions so rich that the sooty blacks still look like they’ll rub off the page. Paul Morand, novelist, diplomat, and, later, persona non grata for his collaboration with the Vichy government, gets the cover’s most prominent credit for his essay here, but Brassaï’s photos are the book’s real meat... Brassaï became a master at drawing luminosity from the darkness… [This work has] lost none of its dark glamour or film noir grit"--Vince Aletti in Roth, et. al., The Book of 101 Books
Fine-; an attractive copy with only minor edge wear; just two spiral 'rings' detached (one at top and bottom of front panel).