London, South Kensington
19 May 2009
Barakei -- Killed by Roses. Tokyo: Shuei-sha, 1963.
Folio (422 x 270mm). 43 black and white photographs, 4 colour illustrations on rice paper, 2 gatefolds. Original illustrated cloth, acetate dust-jacket, and original printed cardboard slipcase (dust-jacket with light wear, front flap corners ?clipped, slipcase rubbed at the extremities as often). Provenance: Michael Ruetz (discreet stamp on the inside of the slipcase).
FIRST EDITION, signed by Hosoe and Mishima. One of the most striking and best designed Japanese photobooks, in a very good example of the slipcase which is often found in poor condition. Barakei consists of 'a series of extraordinary theatrical tableaux -- Japanese surrealism meets Italian mannerism... it has its imitators, but most of them are pale shadows of the original' (The Photobook). Number 116 of 1500 signed copies. 101 Books, pp.164-5; The Open Book, pp.194-5; The Photobook, vol. I, pp. 280-1.
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