ROBERT DOISNEAU'S FIRST BOOK
DOISNEAU, Robert and Blaise Cendrars.
La Banlieue de Paris.
Paris: Pierre Seghers, 1949.
8vo (233 × 172 mm), pp.56, 135, . 128 black-and-white photographs. Text by Cendrars. Photo-illustrated endpapers. Cream paper-covered boards, spine and upper board lettered in black; light bumping to spine-ends and tips, small indentation to top edge of front board. Photo-illustrated dust-jacket; light wear to edges and rubbing to spine, short tears to folds. A near-fine copy in an excellent example of the fragile dust-jacket.
First edition, the preferred issue. La Guilde du Livre in Lausanne issued a pre-publication issue without a dust-jacket. Doisneau’s first book is an unsentimental and affectionate look at the lives of the working class in and around the suburbs of Paris, photographed just before the old districts were to change or disappear completely. At the time of publication Doisneau was not well known, though he had already taken a number of what would become his most famous photographs. He met Cendrars whilst on assignment for L’Album du Figaro; the two began a correspondence which with Cendrars’s support culminated in this book.
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