Item #: GKH101
Published: Toho-Shuppan;Tokyo, Japan (1954)
Language: Japanese & English
Color & B&W
Edition: First Edition
#Japanese Books #First Edition #Color # #Photobooks# Black and White #rare
1st Printing. 364 pages. Published in 1954. Landmark double-volume book on subject. More than a rare photography book find, "Ginza Kaiwai/Ginza Haccho" is one of the great collectible book discoveries of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run in this unique format only. The limitation is not known. There is no ISBN. The book is now very rare. An austerely elegant production by Toho-Shuppan: Boxed Set consisting of two volumes, both of which are encased in the publisher's original cardboard box. Volume One, "Ginza Kaiwai", is a book-length account on the world-famous Tokyo district. The text by Kimura Shohachi is exquisitely interspersed with "ukiyo-e" woodblock print reproductions by Hiroshige, black-and-white photographs by Yoshikatsu Kanno, maps, and reproductions of original drawings. Publisher's original promotional leaflet laid-in. Publisher's original rice-paper-wrapped slipcase with pictorial labels pasted in front and on the spine. In publisher's original rice-paper DJ, as issued. Volume Two, "Ginza Haccho", consists of Yoshikazu Suzuki's breathtakingly beautiful photographic re-construction of Ginza in an accordion foldout format, a marvel of publishing ingenuity: Two continuous plates present Every Building On Ginza Street, one across the top, the other across the bottom, with text in the center. The accordion is encased in pale green hard boards with red titles in front. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the precursor of Ed Ruscha's "Every Building On The Sunset Strip" (1966).