Man Ray Photographs 1920 – 1934 Paris by Man Ray
First Edition, Second Issue, 1934
Very Good Condition
This is a first edition, second printing of Man Ray’s highly acclaimed, “Man Ray Photographs 1920 – 1934 Paris” published by James Thrall Soby (with Random House) & Cahiers d'Art, Hartford & New York / Paris in 1934. There is controversy surrounding the actual edition of this book. Writing in The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century, Andrew Roth wrote points out that the first edition, second issue, with the fictitious "Second Edition" on the cancel title page was placed there by the publisher who "attempted to generate demand where none existed by suggesting the edition had sold out. After replacing the title pages of these copies with one stating second edition, he returned them for sale.” Regardless of the issue point, Parr & Badger in their book, “The Photobook: A History”, state that the Man Ray photographs contained in this edition are “regarded by some as amongst the greatest of the twentieth century. This was Man Ray’s first monograph and his friends pulled out all the stops to herald it. It contains poetry and essays by the leading figures of the Dada and Surrealist movements: André Breton, Paul Éluard, Marcel Duchamp (written under his famous pseudonym "Rrose Selavy") and Tristan Tzara.
Containing 84 stunning full page black and white monochromes (photographs) and 19 rayographs, the book is a tall quarto (12” x 10”) that is spiral bound in stiff photographically illustrated wrappers. The condition of the wrappers is Very Good+ with some edge wear, rubs and soiling with 2 of the plastic rings on the top and 1 on the bottom broken. The interior is in Near Fine condition with no foxing and a few very minor tears to the edge of 5 of the pages. Overall, this is a highly collectible copy of a notoriously fragile book.
Cited in both “The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century” by Andrew Roth and “The Photobook: A History”, by Parr and Badger.
Photographs of the front wrap and rear wraps and the spiral condition appear in the photo section of the listing.