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(Sohachi Kimura)(Ginza Kaiwai)(Ginza Haccho)


Tokyo: Toho Shobo, 1954, Ginza Kaiwai/ Ginza Haccho (Every Building on Ginza Street).
First edition. Square 8vo. 2 unpaginated volumes. One photographic leporello and one volume with white boards housed in a slipcase. Numerous black & white plates. Text in Japanese
Condition: Good, Some stains on edges by aging. Some warping and yellowing inside the boards. An age worn, but well survived copy.

Shipped from Germany.

Ginza Kaiwai/Ginza Haccho has been the topic of much discussion amongst photography book aficionados in recent years. Consisting of two separate booklets housed in a cardboard box, it is essentially a historical publication about the history of Tokyo's Ginza district. However, it is the books leporello which is of particular interest, presenting a panoramic view of Ginza, one side of the street running along the top of the leporello, the other on the bottom. This of course bears a remarkable resemblance to Ed Ruscha's seminal artist book Every Building on Sunset Strip, produced twelve years later in 1967, thus raising the question of whether Ruscha has seen and been influenced by this vernacular publication.