First edition of Brandt's first book, belonging to friends of Brandt and his first wife, Eva Boros. The English at Home was published less than two years after Brandt arrived in London and after two unsuccessful approaches to other publishers. Brian Batsford, who had published an English edition of Brassai's Paris de Nuit in 1933, took on the project. 'Brandt enlivens even the more unconventional formula of The English at Home with his individualistic vision. His continental upbringing hamde him an insider and an outsider, and he thus casts a broader eye than usual on the Britain of the 1930s.... The images of cramped working-lass life in The English at Home must have shocked readers who expected a cosy, conventional look at the old country' (Parr & Badger, The Photobook, I, p. 138).
Small 4to, pp.  + 63 photogravure plate illustrations captioned in English and French; in photographically illustrated boards (lacking dustjacket?); bookplate of [Richard] Menzies Rice on front paste-down
Author Bill Brandt (1904–1983)