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Killed by Roses/ Barakei
Shueisha 1963 - Yukio Mishima and Eikoh Hosoe (1963) ‘Killed by Roses/ Barakei’, signed limited edition, published by Shueisha, Tokyo. One of 1,500 signed and numbered copies of which this is no. 283. Signed by both, iconic writer Mishima and photographer Hosoe. Condition: near fine with some minor shelf wear. The acetate dust jacket is present and has some chips and minor losses. The paper slipcase is not present. Original numbered red rice-paper slip bound in with signatures of both Mishima and Hosoe in Japanese kanji (Chinese characters). 43 full page photogravures on matte-like paper. 4 color prints on rice-paper. The photographs display a humid mix of eroticism and Christian religious myth [Mishima acknowledged that as a boy in puberty he saw pictures of Saint Sebastian and experienced an erection and some of the photographs are reminiscent of this experience]. Mishima, Japan’s most celebrated and controversial modern novelist at the time, was also a brilliant provocateur and his presence here turns “Killed By Roses” into a charged collaboration between artists testing each another’s limits. Hosoe’s first meeting with Mishima, in September 1961, was at the writer’s house. That first day, Mishima, already dressed only in a loincloth, ended up wrapped in a garden hose and standing on the marble mosaic zodiac on his lawn. The resulting surreal images are among the book’s most famous; though “Hosoe saw them as ‘the destruction of a myth’, Mishima’s ritual suicide in 1970 was seen as his final artistic act (Andrew Roth: ‘The Book of 101 Books’, p. 164). Upon publication before the sexual revolution in the Western world, the book was a sensation causing a scandal. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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