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Ryuji Miyamoto: Architectural Apocalypse (First Edition with obi) [SIGNED]

Publisher: Tokyo: Heibonsha Ltd., 1988
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 4582544118
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 112878



First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the first page by Miyamoto. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated paper-covered boards with title printed on a black aluminum tipped-in plate, with 3-3/8 inch printed obi and a clear vinyl protective dust jacket. Text (in Japanese and English) by Arata Isozaki. Includes a list of plates, biography, exhibition history, bibliography and lectures (all in Japanese and English). Designed by Kijuro Yahagi. 124 pp., with 62 black-and-white plates (29 of which are printed as two-page spreads) beautifully printed in Japan by CO-EI Group, Inc. 12 x 10-3/8 inches.


Fine in Fine original publisher's acetate dust jacket, with Fine printed paper obi (Japanese wrap-around band).


Miyamoto's hauntingly beautiful photographs of buildings under demolition include structures mostly built between 1900-1965, and feature theaters, government buildings, prisons, factories and housing blocks in Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Austria and Hong Kong. The images are accompanied by an illuminating essay by Arata Isozaki, who relates the theme of ruins to his own architectural work, as well as the linked -- yet diverging -- concepts of progress and apocalypse.