Publisher: South Dennis, Massachusetts: 21st Editions, Steven Albahari, 2006
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 105704
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First edition, first and only printing. Stunning Limited Edition Platinum Series of 65 hand-numbered copies (this being number 41), signed in pencil on the colophon page by Hosoe, John Wood and Steven Albahari. Includes a freestanding, signed platinum print, 'Man and Woman No. 24' (5-5/8 x 9 inches), signed in kanji in pencil on the lower right margin by Hosoe, and contained in a separate protective folder.
Hardcover. Matte black anodized aluminum boards with Japanese title printed in glossy black on the cover, with a black leather spine, no dust jacket as issued. The book and print are contained in a deep purple-red raw silk-covered clamshell box (18-1/4 x 15-1/4 inches) with magnetized hinged clasp and title stamped in black on the cover, lined with red velvet and with Japanese title blind-stamped inside the lid. Photographs and afterword by Eikoh Hosoe. French translations and introduction by John Wood. The Monotype Walbaum text was composed by Michael and Winifred Bixler. Typography and letterpress work by Michael Russem and Mollie Zanoni, Kat Ran Press. Black and white Twinrocker papers made by Kathryn Clark and Travis Becker. Platinum prints by Stan Klimek for Eikoh Hosoe. Custom binding designed and executed by Peter Geraty and his Praxis Bindery. Unpaginated, with 10 bound platinum prints.
New (opened only for inspection).
From the publisher: "Eikoh Hosoe's platinum prints of strikingly rendered forms and sensuous embraces resonate with potent emotional power. This selection of classic images by Japan's most revered photographer are united with the words of 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire, a major influence on Hosoe. Baudelaire's poems were said to have sent 'a new shiver' through the art world, which is exactly what Eikoh Hosoe's photographs did a century later. Presented in a hand-crafted binding, Hosoe's images and Baudelaire's poems in a new translation by John Wood offer collectors an array of sensual and intellectual experiences."