A very good example of this famous photographic work by artist Man Ray, notable both for the rich, often dreamy photographic studies of the female form, celebrity portraits (Stein, Dali, Derain, Matisse, Picasso et al), general subjects and rayographs (cameraless compositions created by resting objects on unexposed film) as well as the textual contributions by André Breton, Paul Eluard and Tristan Tzara.
The title-page designation of ‘second edition’ is widely held to be spurious, an attribution designed to imply high demand and boost sales.
First edition, second issue (with the cancel title stating ‘second edition’/’deuxième édition’); folio (310 x 240 mm.); English & French, portrait by Picasso, photographic studies and portraits throughout, light stain visible to top edge of last leaf, some softening to page corners, a few leaves reinforced at inner margin with removable tape, but overall internally very good; publisher’s spiral bound card covers, upper cover with large full colour photographic illustration by Man Ray, plastic at spine cracked in two places with some loss to rings near foot, some creasing and edge-wear to covers with minor loss to fore-corners, closed tear to lower cover near spine, but overall a good copy.
Stock ID: 99518