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Le Paysan de Paris (The Peasant of Paris) - Louis Aragon, Henri Cartier-Bresson

1994 - The Limited editions Club, New York - Number 89 of 300 copies.
‘I was seeking… a new kind of novel that would break all the traditional rules governing the writing of fiction… a novel that the critics would be obliged to approach empty-handed’ – Louis Aragon

A beautiful copy of this superbly produced limited edition of Louis Aragon’s outstanding Surrealist novel – in which he compares a poet’s love for his city to a peasant’s love for his land – signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson on the limitation page.

Stunningly illustrated with seven original lithographs and a photogravure by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The lithographs were pulled by Bruce Porter at his Trestle Editions studio in New York. The photogravure was printed by Jon Goodman on French-made Arjo Wiggins stock.

Translated from the French by Samuel Watson Taylor.
 
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Price HK$ 11,000



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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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 Europeans - 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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Blinds & Shutters - Signed by Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and others. - Michael Cooper

1990 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 1741 of 5000 copies
‘The most stupendous rock and roll picture book ever assembled' – USA Today

A fine example of this unique and stunningly presented documentary of the ‘Swinging Sixties’, featuring the images of its star photographer Michael Cooper interspersed with written contributions from those deeply entrenched. There are forewords by both Mick Jagger and by Keith Richards, and an introduction by Terry Southern (close friend of Michael Cooper, part of the 60’s ‘Jet Set’ salon that included The Beatles, the Stones), cult author and screenwriter (Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider, Barbarella...).

This lavish production was conceived by Bill Wyman, who signed each copy, this copy is also signed by contributors Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Richard’s long-term partner Anita Pallenberg, Sandy Lieberson (film producer and the 1960’s US agent for the Rolling Stones), Christopher Gibbs (the influential figure in 1960’s men's fashion, credited with inventing ‘Swinging London’, first man to wear flares, close friend of the Stones, antiques dealer and has been called the "King of Chelsea"), Peter Blake (Artist, graphic work and cover design for
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), Terry Doran (close friend of Brian Epstein and The Beatles, and first head of Apple Music publishing), Michael Cooper’s son Adam Cooper, and Artists Allen Jones and Colin Self.

Michael Cooper (1941-73) was considered to be the best photographer in London at the time, who captured some of the most iconic photographs of The Rolling Stones as well as other leading musicians including The Beatles, Eric Clapton and Marianne Faithfull. Cooper was one of the few people who had both a professional and personal relationship with the Beatles and the Stones at the same time. He was the photographer who worked with Peter Blake on the 1967
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band cover and later worked on the cover photograph for the Rolling Stones 1967 LP Their Satanic Majesties Request. Cooper was deeply rooted in the art and music scene in London at the time so his involvement with drugs was almost inevitable, he committed suicide in 1973, and in his suicide note to his son Adam Cooper are the lines -

Don't believe the court when they say that I killed myself when the balance of my mind was disturbed. I just live in a disturbed world, and, as the old poem says, "I hear the sound of a different drum."... I come from what your generation will call the 'Half and Halves'. A generation that made a few changes, but had to experience too many other kinds of changes they had no control over, so some of us were bound to fall by the wayside. I'm one of those.’ 
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1993 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 1511 of 3500 copies
A spectacular production, signed by George Harrison, documenting George Harrison’s legendary first live tour after 17 years, playing with friend and instigator Eric Clapton and his band, the tour ended with three nights at the Tokyo Dome in December 1991. With a foreword by Eric Clapton and text by George Harrison plus members of the touring band. Featuring nearly 500 previously unpublished colour photographs and a full itinerary of the tour, together with the double CD featuring original artwork and 19 live tracks, as well an 'Access All Areas' laminated lanyard, George & Eric guitar picks & 'After Show' pass.

Eric Clapton explains how George Harrison was persuaded to return to touring after a break of 17 years and the the first (and longest) chapter is written by George and details his thoughts and feelings on taking to the road after such a long absence and providing personal recollections of the tour and memories of times on the road with The Beatles. The final chapter by John Harris, (who engineered the Live in Japan CD) offers a fascinating account of working with George in the studio.

Songs include ‘
Taxman’, ‘Here Comes the Sun’, ‘My Sweet Lord’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, and a superb version of ‘Roll Over Beethoven’. 
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Sometime in New York City - John Lennon, Bob Gruen (photographer)

1995 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited edition, Number 1720 of 3500 copies
‘Walk through the park and there are people holding hands and kissing. New York is beginning to look like Paris when I was younger, when I was twenty-four and people were holding hands and kissing under bridges. It's happening again. People are dreaming again’ – John Lennon

A fine copy of this superbly produced work, one of the limited copies signed by both Yoko Ono and Bob Gruen – the complete story of the romance of John Lennon and Yoko Ono told in their own words and set against the vibrant backdrop of New York City. Profusely illustrated throughout with intimate photographs – mostly in colour and previously unpublished – selected from the archives of photographer Bob Gruen.

‘One afternoon in June 1975, John Lennon got lost in the mammoth Westbeth artists’ complex in Manhattan, looking for Bob Gruen’s photo studio and apartment, after partying all weekend with Harry Nilsson.

“He was ringing doorbells,” Mr. Gruen recalled. “Four o’clock on a Sunday afternoon. Everyone in the building is an artist, so they were opening the door saying: ‘Oh, my God, John Lennon! Let me show you my painting. Let me read you my poem.’ ” When he finally found the apartment, Mr. Gruen said, he told him, “ ‘Man, you’ve got some weird neighbors.’ ”

“I always figured if he could find it in that condition,” Mr. Gruen added, “anyone could.” –
New York Times, 2011. 
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