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Paris Mortel (Mortal Paris) by Joan Van der Keuken, First Edition

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Paris Mortel (Mortal Paris) by Joan Van der Keuken


First Edition, First Printing, 1963


Includes Scarce Dust Jacket


Exceptional Condition

This is a very rare first edition, first printing of Joan Van der Keuken’s critically acclaimed photobook “Paris Mortel (Mortal Paris)” published by Hilversum, The Netherlands in 1963. Although he is best known as a filmmaker, Joan Van der Keuken started his career as a still photographer and produced 3 incredible photobooks, Wij zijn 17 (1955) and Achter Glas (1957), and Paris Mortel (1963). In 1956, Joan Van der Keuken moved to Paris to study at the School of Film. During the period of 1956 to 1958, he took thousand of photographs that eventually formed the basis for “Paris Mortel”. In their photobook reference work, “The Photobook: A History”, Parr & Badger wrote, “Van der Keuken was concerned with burying the myth of romantic, timeless Paris … it concentrates on Paris as a complex web of socio-political relationships. “Paris Mortel” sees Paris not as a monument or artificial film-set, but as a working, and working-class city… “Paris Mortel” can be added to the long list of classic photobooks made about the French capital.”

Containing 65 photographs printed in gravure on French-fold leaves and measuring approximately 11” x 8.5”, the book is bound in grey linen covered boards with a blue cloth-effect dust jacket. The condition of the book is FINE and the dust jacket is Near FINE+ with some tiny flaws: small area of residue from bookseller's sticker front paste down; jacket reinforced internally at crown of spine (less than 1/4") and at upper corners of fore-edges (1/8"); slightest trace of fading at spine.  Overall, this is an exceptional copy of one of the most sought after photobooks ever produced that is rarely found in such wonderful condition.

Cited in “The Photobook: A History”, by Parr and Badger.

Photographs of the dust jacket front and spine as well as photographs contained in the book appear below. Also included is a picture of the paper split and the foxing to the endpapers.  Please note that although the photographs appear digitized as thumbnails, they are viewable in the photo viewer by clicking your mouse on the thumbnail.


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