31 May 2007
Embrace. Tokyo: Shashin Hyoronsha, 1971. Tall quarto (358 x 251mm). 59 black and white photographs, many double-page. Complete with leaf of thumbnails and publisher's illustrated leaflet. Original black cloth, spine and sides blocked in white, original colour dust-jacket, original cardboard slipcase, spine with printed label overlapping onto sides, original printed wraparound band. Signed by Hosoe on the endpaper. Original photograph (202 x 253mm), printed later, signed in ink in the margin, and signed and titled in pencil on the verso.
FIRST EDITION, A FINE, SIGNED COPY, COMPLETE WITH THE SLIPCASE, WRAPAROUND BAND, LEAF OF THUMBNAILS, AND WITH AN ORIGINAL SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH titled by Hosoe on the verso: 'Embrace #28. 1969'. Hosoe's distinctive nudes, printed in his trademark rich photogravure, and characterized by his 'elegant and precise sense of form' (The Photobook). Preface by Yukio Mishima. An exceptional copy. Cf. The Photobook, vol. I, p.278 (for Man and Woman).
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