10 April 2008
Kikai to geijutsu tono koryu -- The Cultural Exchange Between Machine and Art. Tokyu: Iwanami shoten, 1929.
Octavo (192 x 150 mm). 35 plates of black and white photographs. (Light soiling and light spotting on a few leaves.) Original linen, Bauhaus design printed in black on the front cover and with two black and white photographs mounted-on (light spotting); original printed cardboard slipcase (some wear, small chip to the spine). Provenance: Japanese bookseller (small stamps and book-ticket); an early reader (inscription).
FIRST EDITION. IN THE ORIGINAL SLIPCASE. Itagaki was the main proponent of modernism in Japan, and this work was a great influence on Masao Horino and his Camera, Eye x Iron, Construction (1932), for which Itagaki also wrote the text. The book's excellent design employs strong Bauhaus and Constructivist elements -- the cover is heavily influenced by Moholy-Nagy's Bauhausbücher 8. The photographs reproduce work by Le Corbusier, Gropius, Vesnin, Mies van der Rohe, Mendelsohn, Lissitzky, and Tchernikov; photos and film stills by Man Ray, Biermann, and Richter; and paintings, skyscrapers, cars and airplanes of the period.
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