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The Photographs of Édouard Baldus

Publisher: New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, 1994
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0870997149
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 102646



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine burgundy cloth-covered boards with title stamped in gray on spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Édouard Baldus. Essays by Malcolm Daniel and Barry Bergdoll. Includes a list of plates, a comprehensive bibliography, index and 11 appendices detailing Baldus' signatures and stamps, numbering system and stock list, salon submissions, a checklist of sites photographed for the 1851 the Mission Héliographique, an inventory of images commissioned for the Villes de France project, contents of the album presented to Queen Victoria, a list of negatives made during the floods of 1856, contents of the PLM (railway) album, an exhibition history, publication history and Baldus' writings. Designed by Bruce Campbell. 294 pp., with 87 tritone plates and 90 duotone illustrations and additional maps, beautifully printed in Switzerland by Offset-litho Jean Genoud, S.A. 9-3/4 x 11-1/2 inches. Published on the occasion of a 1994-1995 exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal and the Musée National des Monuments Français, Paris.


Fine in Fine dust jacket. A Near Mint copy.


From the publisher: "The photographer Édouard Baldus, a central figure in the early development of French photography and acknowledged in his day as a pioneer in the still-experimental field, was widely acclaimed both for his aesthetic sensitivity and for his technical prowess. Establishing a new mode of representing architecture and describing the emerging modern landscape with magnificent authority, he enjoyed high patronage in the 1850s and 1860s....This book, the first to chronicle the life and career of this important artist, brings his work once more before the public. The superb quality of the reproductions captures the subtle tones and soft matte surfaces of the original prints, many of which are published here for the first time."