Lisboa. Cidade Triste e Alegre. Photographs by Victor Palla and Costa Martins. Texts by Rodrigues Miguéris; poems by Alexandre O'Neill, Armindo Rodriques, David Mourao-Fèrrriera, Eugénio de Andrade, Jorge de Sena and José Gomes Fèrriera. Círculo do Livro Lda., 1959. 174 pp. Quarto. INSCRIBED by on title page by Costa Martins to Mario Neves*, dated '89. Plain black wrappers.** 152 black and white photographs, some folding, on part-leaves, or on yellow stock
*Mario Neves (1912–1993) was a prominent journalist for leading Portuguese newspapers, covering Spanish Civil War for the Diário de Lisboa early in his career. After the Carnation Revolution he was the Portuguese ambassador to the Soviet Union and the chief of the Portuguese embassies in Mongolia and North Korea.
**Edition Note: When Lisboa was originally published in 1959, it was issued as a serial 'partwork'. A 'subscriber' would have received seven monthly 'fascicles'--roughly equivalent to one 'signature' in the final book. When one had collected all seven parts, the owner could send them off to be bound. Various binding options were available; this plain black wrapper being the most simple and economical.
."Of the many postwar photobooks on European citites, this is one of the best, and its neglect at the time it was published is regrettable. Made by Victor Palla and Costa Martins, both architects, Lisboa is amongst the most complex of modern photobooks in form and content. It took three years to prepare, the authors taking over 6000 photographs. Uniquely for this period, it was initially issued as a partwork, in seven monthly fascicles. Lisboa is particularly notable for using many of the book-making ideas developed by William Klein, and Dutch Photographers like Ed van der Elsken and Joan van der Keuken, and has a vibrant, cinematic feel...an all-singing, all-dancing Euro photobook, a compendium of every design idea rolled into one...the photographs of Palla and Martins are graphic and exuberant...Both as a photographic bookwork, and as a document of city life, it is considerably more than the sum of its parts"--Parr and Badger
Just a trace of wear to extremities of wraps; otherwise a tightly bound, Fine copy.