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La Banlieue de Paris

Robert Doisneau / Blaise Cendrars

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First edition of Doisneau’s first book, featuring text by Blaise Cendrars with 130 black-and-white photogravures by Robert Doisneau.This is the numbered edition (4050 of 4300). 55 pp. text. Cream colored printed boards. No jacket as issued. Photo-illustrated endpapers, 130 gravure reproductions. This 1st edition of La Banlieu de Paris was issued hors commerce to members of the Guilde du Livre (as stated in the colophon), but was published simultaneously with the Pieree Seghers, Éditeur edition published in Paris.
While photographing writer Blaise Cendrars, Robert Doisneau was encouraged by the well-known poet and novelist “to pursue and broaden the scope of a self-assigned project on the Paris suburbs. He lent the cachet of his name and talents in writing the text. Doisneau took full advantage, repaying Cendrars’ patronage with what is his best book. When Doisneau began to photograph the suburbs of Paris, they were still the tough but spirited working-class communities of Julien Duvivier and Marcel Carné. But Doisneau caught them just as they were about to change and expand beyond recognition, making this book a valuable document that looks unsentimentally yet afectionately at a popular idea of the French working class” (Parr & Badger I:201). “The soft gray tones of the gravures here tend to give even the bleakest images a romantic cast” (Roth, 132). Published simultaneously with the Paris edition. Text in French.
Titel La Banlieue de Paris
Author Robert Doisneau / Blaise Cendrars
Signed No
Language French
Dimensions (cm hxb) 24 x 18
Book condition Very good
Cover condition No
Condition description Interior bright and clean, minor toning to end papers
Cream-colored boards are lightly soiled and toned.
Binding Hardcover without dustjacket (as issued)
Edition First edition
Pages 135
Publisher La Guilde du Livre
Publishing date 1949
Publishing place Lausanne
Number published 4300
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