Format: Hardback with Dust Cover and Caption Sheet
Publisher: Simon and Schuster, New York, 1952
Pages: 126 pages
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1952). First U.S. Edition. Caption booklet laid in. Boards and dust jacket designed by Matisse. 126 images, lusciously printed, of Cartier-Bresson's early work. Only few photobooks in history can match the influence of The Decisive Moment. Since its publication in 1952, it has remained one of the pillars of photography. (Parr / Badger, v1, 208-209; Roth 134-135; Open Book 154-155).
Very Good + / Very Good +
Tight copy with solid binding, slight soiling and toning to covers, tips of corners slightly abraided (more so to the lower corners), light foxing to front and rear endpapers, light toning to page edges and moderate curvature (splaying) to covers. Dust Jacket (now housed in clear brodart plastic protector) is nearly complete and presents nicely, not price-clipped with original $12.50 price, has overall toning and soiling (especially along spine), light wear to edges, a small area of loss to top of spine, triangular loss to top front corner, and a larger chip to lower spine. Captions booklet in fine condition with signs of light overall handling. Overall a solid, clean, collectible copy.
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