Brassai (Gyula Halasz); Aubenas, Sylvie & Bajac, Quentin (Authors). BRASSAI: PARIS NOCTURNE. New York City, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 310 pages. Fine.

Retrospective Monograph. One of the most beautiful books on the art and achievement of Brassai. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, which feature a different image on the cover. The true First Edition is an exact facsimile of the "Chez Suzy, 1931" French Edition Cover Image of a nude French prostitute, which was immediately replaced with a more familial and "safer" image (such as the one shown on Amazon, ABEBooks, and other major platforms in English). Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Thames & Hudson: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with black cloth overboards and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Brassai. Text by Sylvie Aubenas and Quentin Bajac in felicitous English translations. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Spain to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Brassai: Paris Nocturne". The dazzling English-Language Edition of "Brassai, le flaneur nocturne", the French original. "Brassai's night photography of Paris assures his place among the great photographers of the twentieth century. Brassai was the first, and still the most famous, photographer to chronicle Paris after dark. Through his eyes, Paris becomes a world of shadows, in which light, the prerequisite for any photograph, is reduced to dimly lit windows, streetlamps in the fog, or reflections on a rain-soaked pavement. Analyzes the unique nature of his photographic vision: Part reportage, part social document, part poetic exploration" (Publisher's blurb). "The meaning of art is not authenticity but the expression of authenticity" (Brassaï). An absolute "must-have" title for Brassai collectors. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the true First Hardcover Edition/First Printing/First-State DJ (English-Language Edition) available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The true First Edition is an exact facsimile of the "Chez Suzy, 1931" French Edition Cover Image of a nude French prostitute, which was immediately replaced with a more familial and "safer" image (such as the one shown on Amazon and other major platforms in English). A rare copy thus. 296 plates. One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0500544255. $150.00

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