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Ginza Kaiwai + Ginza Haccho (Two volumes in original cardboard box)
Toho-Shuppan, Tokyo 1954 - First edition, first printing. Boxed set of two volumes (Ginza Kaiwai and Ginza Haccho), contained in the publisher's original cardboard box with orange and black printed label.Ginza Kaiwai: Hardcover. Debossed paper-covered boards with tipped-in illustrated plate on cover, title stamped in gold on spine and woven bookmark ribbon; with glassine dust jacket. The book is contained in a rice-paper covered slipcase with printed and illustrated labels on front and spine. Photographs, drawings, color woodblock prints and text (in Japanese) documenting the history of the Ginza. Edited by Kimura Shohachi. 338 pp., with numerous black-and-white illustrations and two color woodblock prints. Book 7-3/8 x 6-7/8 inches; slipcase 7-5/8 x 7 inches. Ginza Haccho: Hardcover leporello (accordion-fold). Printed paper-covered boards; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Yoshikazu Suzuki. Unpaginated (26 pp.), with two panoramic black-and-white plates throughout and one additional illustration. 7-3/8 x 7 inches. [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume III. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2014)]. Fine. Ginza Kaiwai: Fine in Very Good dust jacket (advanced toning, creasing and fragment missing from crown of spine) and Fine slipcase. Ginza Haccho has light surface wear and moderate foxing and wrinkling to the paste-down endpapers. Publisher's cardboard box is worn and discolored, with a partially torn label, but intact.). An extraordinary boxed-set, the true prize of which is the astonishing Ginza Haccho. Two panoramic views of the Ginza, one running along the top of the pages, the other inverted along the bottom, complete with notes detailing the various shops and buildings depicted, are presented in low-contrast, consistent lighting and unrelenting frontality. The concept, style and formatting bear a distinct similarity to Ed Ruscha's iconic Every Building on the Sunset Strip, but unlike Ruscha's masterpiece, here the Ginza is alive with pedestrians and automobile traffic in these heavily re-touched photographs, whose shadows have nearly all been removed, and where in some places one suspects instances of superimposition. Certainly one of the most important photobook discoveries (the volume was virtually forgotten until recently), Ginza Haccho, together with its companion volume Ginza Kaiwai, is a rare find. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Vincent Borrelli, Bookseller]
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