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Shishu issho (Poetic Testament)

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  • Title (object)

    • Shishu issho (Poetic Testament)
  • Description

    Photobook, one volume, first edition. 8 photographic plates. Japanese text. Small 8vo. Original decorated boards in chitsu.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1940
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  • Curator's comments

    In 1938 Koishi was drafted into the navy and commissioned by the Cabinet Information Bureau to photograph the war front in China. The result were some rather curious and by no means jingoistic images, that subtly hint at the futility of war: A destroyed wall with broken vats is entitled 'morning (asa)', a collapsed wall with a locomotive is called 'Collapse (hokai)', the image of remnants of an engine is named 'meat (niku)'. The title of the books indicates that the author did not expect to return. Book-design by Kawabata Ryushi (1885-1966) of the Seiryu-kai (Blue Dragon Society). Very rare. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)


  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 79 bibliographic details
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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.336 (Photobook number)

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