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The Secret Paris of the 30's

by BRASSAI (Gyula Halasz)

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London: Thames & Hudson 1976, 1976. First edition thus, large 8vo. Unpaginated, illustrated throughot in B&W. Near-fine in black cloth with 'Brassai' blind-stamped along the upper margin of the upper board. In a Near-fine photographic DJ with minimal shelfwear. SIGNED by Brassai to the title page and with a dedicatory inscription from Gilberte Brassai, the photographer's widow, to Magnum Picture Agency editor John Morris & his wife to the half-title page. One of the key texts of 20th century documentary photography - laying down a template still very much in use. Near Fine The inscription reads: "For John and Tana, your tenth anniversary, avec mon amitie, Gilberte Brassai, Paris 6 Fevrier 1993". John G. Morris (born in 1916) is probably the most celebrated living photo-editor. He worked with many of the finest photographers - Robert Capa, Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith. As the London Picture Editor of "Life" during WWII, he was responsible for editing and publishing Capa's coverage of D-Day. Later, Morris became the Picture Editor of "Ladies Home Journal", Executive Editor of Magnum Photos, and Picture Editor of The New York Times. He still tours the world lecturing about photo-journalism "If it [a photo] has a message, the message has to come through... But, it should evoke something from the heart. It should pull at you. Not only should it inform you, it should hook you".


The Secret Paris of the '30s is the compilation of the well-known but never-seen "secret photographs" of Brassai.  This evocative photographic memoir is affectionally captioned by the photographer himself, and reveals the forbidden Paris of the 1930s - its brothels, whores, pimps, and opium dens.  A must-have for any fans of Brassai or playwright Henry Miller, who often accompanied the photographer on his trips to the underground.


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Simon Finch has been a Rare Book Dealer since 1980. He has had shops in Notting Hill Gate, Mayfair and Holt, Norfolk. His firm has handled a wide variety of material from the First Folio of Shakespeare to the wilder shores of the counterculture and everything in between. In 1998, Simon bought Voewood, one of the finest Arts and Crafts and houses and brought it back to life with an eight-year programme of renovation and restoration. Voewood Rare Books, which operates from Voewood, is the continuation for Simon of a long career in the book trade. It also represents an important link with the House. Voewood is always beautiful, surprising, mysterious and perhaps a little disorientating and we aim to bring something of this spirit to the bookshop. Whilst our focus in on the visual arts, literature and the counter-culture, we deal also in a broad range of antiquarian and modern rare books across all subject areas. Our collection can be found here at Biblio and on our website. We are open by appointment and can always be contacted by email.


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