Tokyo: Toho-Shuppan, 1954. First edition. Hardcover. Square octavos. This landmark two-volume set documenting the history and architecture of the Ginza district in Tokyio is composed of:
First volume: Ginza Kawai. 334 pp. . Original vellum with illustrated paste-down on cover and gilt Japanese lettering on spine, in original glassine dust jacket. Book housed in sturdy rice paper-covered cardboard slipcase with mounted reproduction of a drawing. Ribbon marker. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white reproductions of drawings, some photographs by Kanno Yoshikatsu and a double-page Hiroshige III woodblock print in brilliant colors. This work tells the history of the buildings of the Ginza district. Laid in at the interior front cover is a 4-page folded photo-illustrated promotional insert.
Slipcase with a few minor water stains on the front cover, and top edge. Glassine creased and with some closed tears. Front cover with a few small water stains. Interior with a few sporadic light water stains throughout, with images and text mostly unaffected. Slipcase in very good, glassine in good-, binding and interior in very good- to very good condition overall.
Second volume: Ginza Haccho. Unpaginated. Leporello (accordion-fold) bound in original paper-covered boards with maroon lettering in Japanese on cover. Kimura had been commissioned by the publisher to write about the Ginza district and selected Suzuki in order to add a documentary touch to the publication. The result was this rare title, better known as the Japanese "Every Building on Sunset Strip" (by Ed Ruscha) presenting the famous Japanese thoroughfare in exactly the same sequential manner as Ruscha's later iconic work, predating it by twelve years. Two b/w panoramic views of the Ginza, one side of the street printed along top-edge of page, the other running along the bottom edge with Japanese captions in between. The last page at the end of leporello with b/w sketch, as issued. "Even though Ruscha never said that he had seen Ginza Haccho before he created his Sunset Strip, this intriguing way of representing a street is well rooted in traditional modes of both Eastern and Western art" (Parr/Badger vol. III, p. 152). Binding with a few minor water spots on the front cover. Some rippling and damp stains to the interior front covers and endpapers . Binding and interior in overall very good condition.
Text in Japanese, for both volumes.
Volumes resting in publisher's original cardboard box with orange title-label on front cover with title in Japanese printed in black. Box with some damp staining to the front cover. vg- to vg. Item #45013