The Work of Atget (4 Volumes)
THE WORK OF ATGET (Four Volume Set)
THE ART OF OLD PARIS
THE ANCIEN REGIME
SZARKOSKI, JOHN and MARIA MORRIS HAMBOURG
Book Description: Museum of Modern Art. All 1st Editions, Cloth with dustjackets. Near pristine 4 Volume set. Each volume has elegant maroon cloth covers with blind stamp to front and perfect gilt tiles to spine. All four dustjackets, protected in mylar, are excellent with only Volume II price-clipped.
Printed by The Meriden Gravure Company from halftone negatives made by Richard Benson. 12 x 10 1/2 inches. Contents in all volumes tight, white, clean, and unmarked. Part of the Springs Industries Series on the Art of Photography.
The definitive work on Atget, a beautiful and scholarly compendium with extensive introductory essays, biography, bibliography, and detailed commentary on each photograph.
Volume 1-Old France. The first volume contains work made in the alleyways, side streets, and countryside of Atget's beloved France.
Volume 2-The Art of Old Paris. The second volume explores the art and architecture of old Paris. Evoking the history and tradition of the French people, this area was Atget's special concern, for much of it was in danger of disappearing.
Volume 3-The Ancien Regíme. The third volume in this series contains Atget's pictures of three principal sites: Versailles, Saint-Cloud, and Sceaux's formal gardens. Szarkowski speculates on the workings of Atget's mind and Hambourg explains the serial structure of Atget's work.
Volume 4-Modern Times. The fourth and concluding volume dedicated to the work of Eugène Atget. This compilation, which includes views of street scenes, shops, canals, interiors, carnivals, and cafés, is the definitive portrait of Paris circa 1898-1927. The text by Szarkowski and Hambourg examines the various writings and criticisms on Atget's work since the 1920s, including the reactions and opinions of Evans, Abbott, Weston, and Adams.