Publisher: New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1978
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 106751
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Brown cloth-covered boards with title stamped in gold on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Josef Sudek. Introduction by Anna Fárová. Text by Sonja Bullaty. Includes notes on the plates, a biography and a bibliography. 192 pp. (plus 4 two-page gatefolds), with 76 sheet-fed gravure plates and additional illustrations finely printed in Switzerland by Roto/Sadag, S.A., Geneva. 11-1/4 x 10-3/4 inches. Scarce.
Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (light surface wear and sunning to the spine).
Written and compiled by Sudek's former assistant, Sonja Bullaty, this beautifully printed volume is the first monograph on Sudek to have been published in the West.
From the publisher: "This is the first book ever to be published in the West on the art of the great Czech photographer Josef Sudek. One of the great masters of twentieth-century photography--ranking alongside Atget, Man Ray, Steichen, Stieglitz, and Weston--Sudek's work has rarely been seen outside Czechoslovakia. Because of his habit of making a very small number of prints from his negatives--in many cases only one--few have ever been available to museums or collectors. Over the years almost all the photographs selected for this book were sent by Sudek to his friend and former assistant Sonja Bullaty and her husband Angelo Lomeo, in New York. It was Sudek's wish that these photographs would form a comprehensive collection of his work outside Czechoslovakia. In 1976 duting Miss Bullaty's last visit with Sudek in Prague, Sudek agreed that this collection in New York should form the basis for a book and exhibit."