A story in photographs about Paris, the Paris of the young men and girls who haunt the Left Bank. They dine on half a loaf, smoke hashish, sleep in parked cars or on benches under the plane trees, sometimes borrowing a hotel room from a luckier friend to shelter their love. Some of them write, or paint, or dance. Ed van der Elsken, a young Dutch photographer, stalked his prey for many months along the boulevards, in the cafes and under the shadow of prison walls. Whatever may happen in real life to Ann and her Mexican lover, their strange youth will be preserved alive in this book for many years

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Photographs and text by Ed Van der Elsken, published by Andre Deutsch of London, pre 1957. Hard cover bound, this copy, presumed to be a First Edition is in Very Good condition, covered in plastic with a Good dust jacket. The size of the book is 272x198x15mm. There is no pagination or ISBN number. Dust jacket has an inscription dated August 1957 on the inside flap – otherwise no indication of Edition or printing date. The reprints are by a different publisher. Therefore this copy is presumed First. The dust jacket has been much repaired – closed chips 230x 20mm across top of rear cover, 70x 30 mm on tail, 26×20 front top corner, 35x18mm on lower rear corner; all repairs colour matched, the word “love” in the title is hand-printed. PRICE CLIPPED. Book has slight wear on head & tail; the title p and first 2 sheets show some abrasion, no deeper than 2mm, along the fore-edge. Black and white photographs throughout. A cult book of the post-war bohemians on the Left Bank of Paris.