New York: Simon & Schuster, 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. Folio. Very good- condition. Item #019819
[xvi] pages of text, followed by 126 black & white gravures, intersperesed with a few pages of text, and followed by [ix] pages of text. The boards of the original hardcover binding with colorful design by Matisse are relatively clean and bright, with minor browning and minor shelfwear. The spine/backstrip remains attractive but it significantly rubbed and worn, with several small chips to the extremities; the spine is also moderately toned/browned, with tears along the hinges but the boards remain strongly attached. Lacks the dustjacket; protected in archival mylar. Includes the original 12 page caption booklet. Previous owner's name printed neatly on the top corner of the front endpaper. The text is clean and unmarked. With a foreword by the photographer, and a technical report to photographers by Richard L. Simon. This book with a cover designed and executed especially for it by Henri Matisse, is a selection of 126 photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson. This, the American edition was conceived and composed by Teriade with the collaboration fo Marguerite Lang. The engraving and printing is the work of the master printers Draeger Freres of Paris. It was completed the 22nd of July 1952. Copyright page states "July 1952" under which is stamped "In France." First American edition.