Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2008
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 107591
First edition, first printing. Signed in kanji on the title page by Ina. Hardcover. Fine black silk cloth-covered boards with title stamped in gray on cover and spine and tipped-in black-and-white plate on front and rear covers; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Eiji Ina. Text by Ryuichi Kaneko. Includes a laid-in, folded poster with a chart of Japanese emperors and Kaneko's text in Japanese. Unpaginated (132 pp.), with 145 duotone plates beautifully printed on heavy matte paper. 11-5/8 x 14-3/8 inches. This first edition was limited to 1,000 copies.
New in publisher's shrinkwrap (slit open for signature).
From the publisher: "In Emperor of Japan, Eiji Ina presents photographs of the misasagi, or burial mounds, of all 124 Japanese emperors since the Kofun period, reaching back some 1,600 years. The scenes that Ina has captured -- not of the tombs themselves, but rather the places for worshipping at the tombs, and the surrounding gardens and landscapes -- were created by the emperor system, with its claim of an unbroken line of sovereigns, that served as the foundation of the modern nation state of Japan."