Format: Hardback with Dust Cover
Publisher: Simon and Schuster, New York, 1955
Pages: 163 pages
New York: Simon and Schuster, (1955). First Edition. 163 images, lusciously printed, of Cartier-Bresson's work in Russia. "This volume is, in effect, a first peek behind the Iron Curtain," states this book's jacket. When attempts to obtain a visa to enter the country from the Russian Consulate failed, Cartier-Bresson sent a copy of The Decisive Moment to the Society for Cultural Relations in Moscow. Upon arrival, he and his wife moved about freely with an interpreter; he claimed no interference with the resulting work. Like The Decisive Moment, this book was printed in Paris by Draeger Frères under Cartier-Bresson's direct supervision. An incresingly scarce title.
Near Fine / Near Fine
A tight, clean copy with toning to cloth covers and endpapers, very light toning to page edges, superficial split to paper at gutter of front paste down (not affecting the binding). Dust Jacket not price-clipped with light rubbing and soiling, a few small closed edge tears the largest of which is ½” at top of spine with light associated creasing, small area of loss to top corner of rear panel where jacket folds over, and fading along spine.