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A L’Enseigne de Bacchus - Paul-Emile Cadilhac

1953 - Deux-Rives, Paris - First Edition
With original colour lithographs by André Galland. Number 23 of 78 special copies printed on Annam de Rives paper and with the extra suite of 16 lithographs.

A beautifully illustrated history of the Bacchic societies of France, from the sixteenth through to nineteenth centuries. From the illustrations it would appear that the celebration of wine and Bacchus was closely linked to the celebration of Eros!
 
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Death in the Making - Robert Capa, Gerda Taro

1938 - Covici Friede, New York - First Edition
'If the photo isn't good enough, it's because you're not close enough.' – Robert Capa

A stunning copy of Robert Capa’s first published monograph – a landmark of 20
th century war photography – in the rare dust jacket depicting a Loyalist soldier falling to his death, gun in hand, after being shot – a now iconic image of the Spanish Civil War Featuring 145 photographs by Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, captions by Robert Capa, translated and with a preface by Jay Allen, and arranged by André Kertesz. Housed in a custom clamshell case of fine black morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.

From 1936 onwards, Capa's coverage of the Spanish Civil War appeared regularly. His picture of a Loyalist soldier who had just been fatally wounded earned him his international reputation and became a powerful symbol of war. After his companion, Gerda Taro, was killed in Spain, Capa travelled to China in 1938 and emigrated to New York a year later. As a correspondent in Europe, he photographed the Second World War, covering the landing of American troops on Omaha beach on D-Day, the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge
 
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories - Truman Capote

1958 - Random House, New York - First Edition
‘Divorce him? Of course I never divorced him. I was only fourteen, for God’s sake. It couldn’t have been legal.’
Holly tapped an empty martini glass. ‘Two more, my darling Mr. Bell.


A stunning first edition of this iconic title by one of America’s most beloved authors who remains one of the most significant voices in US literary history, and his novels are consistently ranked among the greatest works of the 20th century.
 
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SOLD - The Europeans - Photographs - Henri Cartier-Bresson

1955 - Simon and Schuster in collaboration with Éditions Verve of Paris, New York - First Edition in English [published in the same year as the French Edition]
The people shown in this book are Europeans. To a Hottentot or a Chinese peasant, they might all look alike, at first site. Yet nowhere, probably, are as many differences crammed into so little space as in Europe, for reasons geographical and historical.’ - H. C-B.

A bright copy of Cartier-Bresson’s beautiful work, in the iconic covers designed by his friend Joan’Miró.

Cartier-Bresson spent five years gathering images of post-war Europe, resulting in this large folio collection of 116 gravure reproductions, containing some of his most striking and well known photographs. With the original 12 page ‘
Captions’ pamphlet. 
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China in Transition: A Moment in History - Henri Cartier-Bresson

1956 - Thames and Hudson, London - First English Edition, published the same year as the American Edition
A nice example of Cartier-Bresson’s pictorial diary in the scarce dust-jacket, with 144 photographs taken by Cartier-Bresson during the 1949 revolution and with introduction by him.

Cartier-Bresson spent eleven months in China during 1948-1949, five months of which were under the Kuomintang government; he arrived in Beijing at the beginning of December 1948, just twelve days before the city was taken by Mao's troops, and left on the last plane out before they actually arrived there.
 
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The Decisive Moment - Henri Cartier-Bresson

1952 - Simon and Schuster in collaboration with Éditions Verve of Paris, New York - First Edition in English
To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.’

An elusive near fine copy, the book without the commonly found wear or chips to spine, in the delicate dust jacket, both showing the striking illustration provided by Cartier-Bresson’s friend Henri Matisse. The original 12 leaf ‘
Captions’ pamphlet laid in.

One of the most important photography books of the 20th century, containing 126 full or double page heliogravures, considered ‘unique in providing an international portrait or impression of humanity covering the two decades prior to it’s publication’. Prefaced by Cartier-Bresson’s 4,500-word philosophical essay, whose keynote ‘
There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.’ was taken from the 17th century Cardinal de Reitz. 
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The Life of Benvenuto Cellini written by Himself. - Benvenuto Cellini, John Addington Symonds, Royal Cortissoz

1906 - Brentano's, New York - First Brentano Edition
A fine, unopened and elegantly bound two volume set of the most important autobiography from Renaissance Italy and one of the most spirited and colourful from any time or place. Illustrated ‘with reproductions of forty original portraits and views’.

‘Benvenuto Cellini was both a beloved artist in sixteenth-century Florence and a passionate and temperamental man of action who was capable of brawling, theft, and murder. He counted popes, cardinals, kings, and dukes among his patrons and was the adoring friend of - as he described them - the “divine” Michelangelo and the “marvellous” Titian, but was as well known for his violent feuds. At age twenty-seven he helped defend the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, and his account of his imprisonment there (under a mad castellan who thought he was a bat), his escape, recapture, and confinement in “a cell of tarantulas and venomous worms” is an adventure equal to any other in fact or fiction. But it is only one in a long life lived on a grand scale.’

‘Cellini’s autobiography is not merely the record of an extraordinary life but also a dramatic and evocative account of daily life in Renaissance Italy, from its lowest taverns to its highest royal courts’
– James Fenton 
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The Cartier Collection: Jewelry - François Chaille, Eric Nussbaum

2004 - Editions Flammarion, Paris - First Edition
A fine copy of this large, stunning, lavishly produced and profusely illustrated volume featuring more than 600 objects and drawings from Cartier’s jewellery archives, and including many foldout photographs. The accompanying text chronicles the history of this esteemed jewellery designer from its founding in 1847, through to the late twentieth century, and presents many highlights from the Cartier collection, from modern, Art Deco pieces inspired by the decorative styles of ancient Egypt, China, and Persia, to Cartier’s iconic ‘bestiary’ creations such as panther inspired pieces that would adorn Wallis Simpson, and various other designs that graced celebrities, from Barbara Hutton to Daisy Fellowes.

Text by François Chaille, based upon notes and writings by Eric Nussbaum.
 
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