Xavier Miserachs, BARCELONA BLANCO Y NEGRO (BARCELONA BLACK AND WHITE), 1964 / 1965

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona, editions. Clockwise: Spanish language half-leather edition with slipcase (front), Catalan language half-leather edition in slipcase (back), Catalan language regular edition in slipcase, Spanish language regular edition, French regular edition

 

 

Spanish photographer Xavier Miserachs’ first book BARCELONA BLANCO Y NEGRO is a love declaration to his home town. This massive volume paints a vibrant picture of the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain. It is a portrait of a city blossoming, during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Every square meter of this town is bursting with the energy of life. It seems as if everyone in Barcelona was busy, both at work and play, In fact it is the people, even more than the town itself, which make this photobook so wonderful and warm-hearted. It is not difficult to realize that the photographer is one of them. Miserachs perfectly captures the exuberant mood and spirit of Barcelona in the economic boom years.
The printed front paper shows a bird’s eye view of the city, and brings to my mind William Klein’s New York book. Klein’s influence is clearly visible here. A prologue by Catalan writer Joan Oliver i Sallarès opens the book. Texts by  Spanish writer, journalist and publisher Josep Maria Espinàs accompany the photographs throughout the book. The layout is by Catalan painter, poet and art teacher Albert Ràfols-Casamada. Xavier Miserachs’ high contrast, grainy images are wonderfully printed in rich gravure with blacks that literally could not be any blacker.

The book was published in Spanish and Catalan language editions as regular edition with dust jacket and a half-leather slipcased edition.
A French language edition was published exactly one year after the Catalan and Spanish language editions (see below).

BARCELONA BLANCO Y NEGRO – 371 FOTOGRAFIAS DE X. MISERACHS
COMENTARDAS POR J. M. ESPANÀS
CON UN PRÓLOGO DE J. OLIVER

Prólogo (Foreword)

1 Barrios y suburbios 1 a 239 (Neighbourhoods and suburbs pages 1 to 239)
2 Calendario de fiestas 291 a 371 (Holiday calendar pages 291 to 371)

Plano e indice de ilustraciones (Map and illustrations index)

8 pages Prologue by Joan Oliver
2 pages Map
3 pages Picture index

Layout by Catalan painter, poet and art teacher Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Published by Aymà S.A. Editora, Barcelona 1964

Hard cover with dust jacket

33.6 x 31.5cm

260 pages including illustrated front and end papers

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona, Spanish language edition, dust jacket back and front

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Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona, Spanish language edition, cover back and front

Front papers

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona, Spanish language edition front paper

Spanish edition, title pages

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona, Spanish language edition title pages

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Xavier Miserachs, BARCELONA BLANCO Y NEGRO, 1964 (Spanish language half-leather slipcase edition)

 

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona blanco y negro half-leather edition slipcase back and front

 

Published by Aymà S.A. Editora Barcelona, September 1964

Hard cover, cloth with leather spine, plastic dust jacket and slipcase with red band

33.6 x 31.5cm

260 pages including illustrated front and end papers

 

Spanish half leather edition , cover with plastic dust jacket, back and front

Spanish language half leather edition , cover with plastic dust jacket, back and front

Spanish half leather edition title pages

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Xavier Miserachs, BARCELONA BLANC I NEGRE, 1964 (Catalan language half-leather slipcase edition)

 

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona blanc i negre half-leather edition slipcase back and front

 

Published by Aymà S.A. Editora Barcelona, September 1964

Hard cover, cloth with leather spine, plastic dust jacket and slipcase with red band

33.6 x 31.5cm

260 pages including illustrated front and end papers

 

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona blanc i negre half-leather edition cover with plastic dust jacket back and front

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona blanc i negre

 

 

 

 

 

Xavier Miserachs, BARCELONA BLANC I NEGRE, 1964 (Catalan language edition)

 

Catalan language edition, dust jacket back and front

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona blanc i negre, Catalan language edition, dust jacket back and front

 

Published by Aymà S.A. Editora, Barcelona 1964

Hard cover with dust jacket and simple slipcase

App. 33.6 x 31.5cm

260 pages including illustrated front and end papers

Catalan language edition, slipcase back and front

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona blanc i negre, Catalan language edition, slipcase back and front

Catalan language edition, cover back and front

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona blanc i negre, Catalan language edition, cover back and front

Catalan language edition, title pages

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona blanc i negre, Catalan language edition, title pages

 

 

 

 

 

Xavier Miserachs, BARCELONE EN BLANC ET NOIR, 1965 (French language edition)

 

French edition, jacket back and front

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona en blanc et noir, French language edition, jacket back and front

BARCELONE
EN BLANC ET NOIR
371 PHOTOGRAPHIES DE S. MISERACHS
Introduction: P. Deffontaines
Texte: J. M. Espinás
Prèface: J. Oliver
Version Francaise (translations): J. Supervielle

6 pages Preface by Joan Oliver
4 pages Introduction by Pierre Deffontaines
2 pages Map
3 pages Picture index

Published by Aymà S.A. Editora, Barcelona September 1965

Hard cover, cloth with leather spine and dust jacket

33.6 x 31.5cm

264 pages including illustrated front and end papers

French edition, cover back and front

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona en blanc et noir, French language edition, cover back and front

French edition, title pages

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona en blanc et noir, French language edition, title pages

 

 

BARCELONE EN BLANC ET NOIR (French edition) September 1965
BARCELONA BLANC I NEGRE (Catalan edition) September 1964
BARCELONA BLANCO Y NEGRO (Spanish edition) September 1964
BARCELONA BLANCO Y NEGRO (Spanish half leather slipcase edition) September 1964

All published by Aymà S.A. Editora, Barcelona

Xavier Miserachs, Barcelona, Spanish language half leather edition in slipcase, Catalan language half leather edition in slipcase, Spanish language edition, Catalan language edition, French language edition (from bottom to top)