Eugene Atget

Atget: Photographe de Paris



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First edition, first printing of Atget’s iconic photobook Photographe de Paris.

  • Eugene Atget (French).
  • New York: E. Weyhe, 1930.
  • Includes a frontispiece portrait of Atget by Berenice Abbott and 96 stunning full-page collotypes from the original Atget negatives.
  • Captions booklet printed in a six-page gathering fold under plain leaf at the rear pastedown.
  • Bound in the original burgundy-colored cloth boards issued without a dust jacket.

The book was also published simultaneously by Verlag Henri Jonquières, Paris and Leipzig in 1930 with the German edition, “Lichtbilder” released in a limited edition of 1,000. Berenice Abbott purchased the contents of Atget’s studio in Paris — 1,300 glass negatives and 7,000 prints assembled in albums — following his death in 1927. She brought the collection to New York with the backing of Julian Levy. Together, they introduced Atget’s work to the American public in a series of exhibitions and publications. Pierre Mac-Orlan contributed an essay to the book and his essay concludes, “For many among us, Atget’s Paris is now no more than a memory whose delicacy is already mysterious. It is worth all the books written on the subject, and without doubt will inspire others.” In The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century, Andrew Roth states, “Over time, Atget’s photographs have come to be seen by many as the beginning of modern photography."

Condition Report
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Like New

Light rubbing to the cover, spine and tips, as well as some very slight soiling.

Previous owner’s inscription on the first free endpaper with foxing along the front inside cover.

Age toning to the page edges does not affect the images.

Height: 11 inches / 27.94 cm
Width: 9.5 inches / 24.13 cm
First Edition
English, French
Photographs, Art, Architecture, Modern first editions, Illustrated
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