Publisher: Tokyo: Yugensha (Kazuhiko Motomura), 1972
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 107665
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1972-2009. All first editions, first printings.
New in publisher's packaging.
This complete set of Yugensha titles includes:
1) Robert Frank: The Americans, 81 Contact Sheets, Limited Edition (2009). Limited edition of 300 numbered copies (this being from the version of 220 copies enclosed in a paulownia wood box). 81 unbound four-color plates (size 20-1/4 x 16-5/8 inches) wrapped with a 3-1/8-inch gray paper obi/band and handmade Japanese paper, contained in a silver paper-covered trifold folio debossed with the artist's initials and title. The plates and folio enclosure are further contained in a padded, custom paulownia wood box with the artist's facsimile signature debossed on the lid. Box dimensions are 24-1/2 x 20-3/4 x 1-3/4 inches. Includes a 24-page laid-in pamphlet with notes on the photographs (in Japanese and English) by Robert Frank (interviewed by Shino Kuraishi). The paulownia wood box and pamphlet are housed in a sturdy black cardboard box with edition number label on edge.
2) Robert Frank: The Lines of My Hand, Limited Edition (cover plate version "New York City, 1948"), (1972). Limited edition of 1000 unnumbered copies. Hardcover. Fine black buckram covered boards with title stamped in white on front cover and spine, housed in a matching cloth slipcase with a black and white plate (7-1/4 x 11 inches) tipped in the front cover and title stamped in white on side (matching the book's spine), no dust jacket as issued. The cover plate photograph is "New York City, 1948" (500 copies were produced with this photograph on the slipcase, the other photograph used being "Platte River, Tennessee"). Photographs and text (in English) by Robert Frank. Drawing by June Leaf. Includes an editorial foreword, brief biography and letter to Robert Frank from Gotthard Schuh (reproduced from "Camera," August 1957). Includes the 32-page booklet (13-3/8 x 9-1/2 inches) laid in, with text translation (in Japanese) and illustrations of the book's plates. The booklet is printed with white text on matte black paper and staple-bound. Designed by Kohei Sugiura and Atsushi Co., Ltd. 124 pp., including two 2-page gatefolds (with Frank's contact sheets reproduced on the inside pages), with numerous black and white plates, beautifully printed on fine art paper by Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. 13-3/4 x 10-1/4 inches (slipcase is 14-1/8 x 10-1/2 inches). Out of print. Extremely scarce. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. (New York: PPP Editions in association with Roth Horowitz LLC, 2001), in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004), and in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume I. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2004).]
3) Robert Frank: Flower Is, Limited Edition. (Cover plate variant "Metro Stalingrade"), (1987). Limited edition of 500 unnumbered copies. Hardcover. Fine light gray silk cloth with title and graphic design of a flower stamped in dark gray on front cover and title stamped on spine, housed in a matching cloth slipcase with a black and white plate (5-1/2 x 8-3/8 inches, "Metro Stalingrade" variant, also reproduced in plate number 5 of the book) tipped in the front cover and title stamped in dark gray on side (matching the book's spine), no dust jacket as issued. Photographs and text (in English and Japanese) by Robert Frank. Includes a list of plates (in Japanese). Designed by Kohei Sugiura and Atsushi Co., Ltd. 112 pp. with 81 black and white plates, beautifully printed on fine art paper by Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. 13-3/4 x 10-1/8 inches (slipcase is 14-1/8 x 10-3/8 inches). Out of print. Extremely scarce. [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume I. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2004).]
4) Masao Mochizuki: Television 1975-1976, Limited Edition [SIGNED], (2001). Limited edition of 1800 copies. Signed by Mochizuki in silver ink verso the black front free endpaper, and in kanji in black ink on the colophon page. Hardcover. Fine black cloth-covered boards, with title blind-stamped on front cover and spine, no dust jacket as issued, and enclosed in a white cardboard slipcase with title printed in black on pasted-on beige label. Photographs and text (in English and Japanese) by Masao Mochizuki. Essay (in English and Japanese) by Eikoh Ikui. Includes list of plates. Designed by Daisuke Suzuki. Unpaginated (80 pp.), with 82 black and white plates, most full-bleed (and a thumbnail black and white illustration of Mochizuki's modified Mamiya Flex C-2 camera on the colophon page), printed with Hyecoo Highconc Black L ink on White A Post paper. 15-1/4 x 14-3/4 inches.
5) Jun Morinaga: Kawa, Ruiei (River, Its Shadow of Shadows), 1960-1963, (1978). Hardcover. Fine gray silk cloth-covered boards with white title stamped in English on cover, and in Japanese on spine, with a photographically illustrated paper-covered slipcase. Photographs and text (in Japanese and English) by Jun Morinaga. Essays (in Japanese and English) by W. Eugene Smith (for whom Morinaga worked as an assistant), Miyabi Ichikawa, Koichi Tanigawa, and Seigow Matsuoka. Includes a chronology (in Japanese and English). Designed by Kohei Sugiura and Hitoshi Suzuki. 166 pp. (including numerous gatefolds), with 89 black and white plates, printed by Nissha Printing Co., Ltd., Kyoto. 12-3/8 x 10-7/8 inches. [Cited in Ryuichi Kaneko and Ivan Vartanian, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and '70s. (New York: Aperture, 2009).]