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Publisher: Tokyo: Shinchosha Company, Publishers, 1996
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 111722
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Red paper-covered boards with title stamped in black on spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket and 3 1/2-inch wide printed paper obi (Japanese wrap-around band). Essay (in English and Japanese) by Hiroshi Aramata (English translation by Maya Koizumi). Edited and designed by Tadanori Yokoo. 288 pp. with more than 13,000 four-color reproductions of postcards. 10-1/4 x 8 inches. [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).] Out of print. Scarce.
Fine in Fine dust jacket (obi shows slight wear and abrasions to the extremities). NOTE: This copy does not have the red Japanese publisher's distributor stamp on the bottom text block, as many copies do.
An amazing and beautifully edited and designed book on an extraordinary collection of images. From the essay by Hiroshi Aramata: "According to Yokoo, it took him a year to formulate the idea for this book. He included the 13,000 postcards as a kind of memorial. He found space somewhere in the book for each and every one. So, dear reader, don't skip over a single one. I have no doubt that by participating in this memorial you too will surely be able to find deliverance from your earthly suffering."