Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Femmes de Paris (The Women of Paris), 1954

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Femmes de Paris, 1954, cover back and front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Femmes de Paris, first French edition, 1954, cover back and front

 

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Femmes de Paris, 1954 (French edition)

 

This is one of those photobooks that gained enormous popularity at the time of its publication, yet is little known today.
The book opens with a text by French author André Maurois, followed by Dutch photographer Nico Jesse’s black and white photographs structured into the following chapters: Students, Artists and models, Fashion and its acolytes, The women of the market, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, The concierges of Paris, Paris Ballerina,The Comédie-Francaise, Working Women. Jesse’s book is a love declaration to the women of Paris. The use of flash makes his images visually wander between Weegee and the tradition of legendary street/reportage photographers like Willy Ronis or Robert Doisneau. This is one of the classic Paris books.

The book was published in many countries and editions throughout the 1950’s, under the following titles:

Femmes de Paris in France by Librairie Plon in 1954
Vrouwen van Parijs in the Netherlands by A. W. Bruna & Zoon, Utrecht 1954. Text translated by Clare Lennart
Kvinnor i Paris in Sweden by Allhems Forlag Malmö 1954. Text translated by Allan Bergstrand
Pariserinder in Denmark by Allhems Forlag Malmö 1954. Text translated by Soya
Frauen in Paris in Germany by Christian Wegner Verlag GmbH, Hamburg 1954. Text translated by Gerda von Uslar
The Women of Paris UK by The Bodley Head London 1954 .Text translated by Norman Denny (Published with dust jacket)
Pari no Onna (パリの女) in Japan by Kinokuniya Shobo 1959 Text translated by Asabuki Tomiko

SECOND EDITIONS (Paperback editions)
Vrouwen van Parijs in the Netherlands by A. W. Bruna & Zoon Utrecht 1956
Femmes de Paris in France by Bruna Utrecht in 1957
Frauen in Paris in Germany by Christian Wegner Verlag GmbH Hamburg 1958
Women of Paris in UK. by Andre Deutsch Ltd London 1958

The Japanese version was republished in Japan by Kinokunija shoten 2010.

42 pages text by French author André Maurois
117 pages Photographs by Nico Jesse
4 pages index

Hard cover

166 pages 

App. 20.6 x 28.0cm

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Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Vrouwen van Parijs, 1954 (Dutch edition)

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Vrouwen van Parijs, 1954, cover back and front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Vrouwen van Parijs, first Dutch edition, 1954, cover back and front

 

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, The Women of Paris, 1954

(UK edition)

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, The Woman of Paris, 1954, Dust jacket back and front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, The Women of Paris, first UK edition, 1954, dust jacket back and front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, The Woman of Paris, 1954, cover back and front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, The Women of Paris, first UK edition, 1954, cover back and front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Frauen in Paris, 1954

(German edition)

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Frauen in Paris, 1954, cover back and front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Frauen in Paris, first German edition, 1954, cover back and front

 

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Kvinor i Paris, 1954

(Swedish edition)

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Kvinor i Paris, 1954, cover back and front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Kvinor i Paris, first Swedish edition, 1954, cover back and front

 

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Pariserinder, 1954

(Danish edition)

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Pariserinder, 1954, cover back and front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Pariserinder, first Danish edition, 1954, cover back and front

 

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Pari no Onna (パリの女), 1959

(Japanese edition)

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Pari no Onna (パリの女), 1959, cover back and front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Pari no Onna (パリの女), first Japanese edition, 1959, cover back and front

 

Paperback editions from 1956 & 1958

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Vrouwen van Parijs, 1958, paperback edition, cover back and front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Vrouwen van Parijs, Dutch paperback edition, 1956, cover back and front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Femmes de Paris 1957, Frauen in Paris 1958, Women of Paris 1958, cover front

Nico Jesse / André Maurois, Femmes de Paris 1957, Frauen in Paris 1958, Women of Paris 1958, cover front

 

 

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