Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
Pages: 150 pages
Publisher: Delpire, Inscribed, 1955
Robert Delpire, Paris (1955). Hardcover in pictorial dust jacket. First edition of Aubier and Morath's striking photobook on the running of the bulls at Pamplona, with this being an exceptional presentation/association copy inscribed on the title page by Aubier to famed film director Roberto Rosselini, the father of Italian Neo-Realist Cinema, "Pour Roberto Rosselini, et vice le sud! et vivent les bruns! et vive vous!, Dominique Aubier" . This exceptional presentation/association first edition of Guerre à la tristesse features text by respected French journalist and film critic Dominque Aubier, and numerous images by Magnum photographer Inge Morath, who trained as an assistant to Henri Cartier-Bresson and Simon Guttmann. Issued by famed French publisher Robert Delpire as part of a landmark series that also featured photobooks by Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Werner Bischof, Guerre à la tristesse (published one year later in English as Fiesta in Pamplona) is renowned for Aubier's vivid descriptions of bullfighting and especially for Morath's images of a Spanish matador preparing in his hotel room—a sanctuary where women were rarely permitted (pp130-137). 150 pages with 82 heliogravures, most after Morath, and striking cover design after a lithograph by Picasso. SIGNED/INSCRIBED by Aubier to Roberto Rosselini. This book is not signed by Inge Morath.
Very Good + / Fine
A tight, clean copy with toning, light foxing to endpapers and a musty odor from storage. Dust Jacket with very light signs of rubbing to edges and a small ¼” closed tear to lower front panel.