Friday, April 13, 2012

Boyhood Photos of J-H Lartigue

Lartigue, J.-H. (Jacques-Henri): BOYHOOD PHOTOS OF J.-H. LARTIGUE : The Family Album of a Gilded Age. 1966. Ami Guichard Publisher. Switzerland. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. VG+ / B&W and sepia toned Illustrations by: J. H. Lartigue.

Lartigue was given a camera of his own at the age of 7 (some references mention age 8) around about the year 1900. From  that point on, the boy became, for all intents and purposes, an avid amateur photographer -- though the quality of the photographs was professional level.  Lartique's love of the photographic medium continued throughout his lifetime, though he only thought of the finished photos as family remembrances and snapshots of his life and the life of the the world in which he dwelt, it was only in the 1950's  that his creative outlet became interesting to the world around him.

 This whimsical scrapbook style book appears to be the first book which features his photographs.  

DESCRIPTION: This book is in Very Good+ condition and was issued without a dust jacket.  This copy is missing the accompanying slipcase.  Purple / Burgundy cloth covered boards have gilt lettering and decorations (in the style of the Gilded Age) to the front cover and spine of the book. There is some light / faint spotting (water spotting) to the top edges of the book cover which can only be seen if you hold the book at an angle.  The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition.   The text pages are clean and bright. The book is illustrated throughout with reproductions of actual photographs by Lartigue. The photographs are in black and white and sepia tone on matte gray card stock paper. The book mimics a family scrapbook with text by Lartigue along with an essay by Jean Fondin. This copy has a previous owner's inked gift notation (dated 1969), and also an ink stamped name and address of Robert Pease & Co. Advertising.  

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