A Night in London. Story of a London Night in Sixty-Four Photographs by Bill Brandt.BRANDT, Bill
London: Country Life. Arts et Metiers, Paris. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 1938.
First edition. 250 by 190mm. Illustrated card cover with some rubbing to extremities and a small area of wear just above the "N" in Night on the upper cover resulting in some loss to the black print. The cover is protected by acetate and overall the condition is very good considering its age and fragility. The introduction by James Bone is in English and the captions are in English and French. This English edition is scarce.
Brandt's second book, A Night in London, was published in London and Paris in 1938. It was based on Paris de Nuit (1936) by Brassaï, whom Brandt greatly admired.The book tells the story of a London night, moving between different social classes and making use – as with The English at Home – of Brandt's family and friends. This is a very good copy of a rare and ground-breaking collection of superb photographs.
'I photographed pubs, common lodging houses at night, theatres, Turkish baths, prisons and people in their bedrooms. London has changed so much that some of these pictures now have a period charm almost of another century.'