Saturday, 10 September 2011

Fabulous French Book from post-war era

Sorry, but 'Sortileges' is now sold
Such a beautiful book from 1952 - sorry the photo doesn't live up to it but I am just getting to grips with my new camera...anyway, this gorgeous book is a first edition out of 551, signed, and contains over 80 black and white photos of post-war Paris and its evocative of the time...

Jazz in Saint-Germain-des-Prés on the left, street lamps in the rain on the right...

Speaks for itself...

I wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of Madame La Concierge! She does look rather fierce

I love this book - the author, Francois Cali, is well known in France for travel books. This title 'Sortileges de Paris' has images from some of France's best 20th century photographers: Brassai, R. Doisneau, P. Molinard and fifteen others, capturing Paris in the fifties - a mix of chic, poverty, elegant buildings and can see more photos and the listing here.


  1. Such a lovely book! I've seen earlier books of photographs capturing the spirit of Paris but not that particular one taken in the 50's- brilliant! What a wonderful find. Jane x

  2. A beautiful book VM!

    Where do you pick up the treasures you sell?

    Sft x

  3. Jane - I love black and white photos of the 50s - it's very hard not to keep this one!

    SFT - I scour all the bookshops and stalls here in France - books can be quite expensive so I do have to restrain myself sometimes!



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