MORIYAMA, Daido and Shuji Terayama. Ah Kohya [Ah Wilderness]. Tokyo: Parco, 2005. ONE OF 50 WITH A PRINT

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MORIYAMA, Daido and Shuji Terayama.
Ah Kohya [Ah Wilderness].
Tokyo: Parco, 2005.

2 vols, 8vo (182 × 128 mm), pp.[ii], 422; [408]. 211 black-and-white photographs in vol. 2 only. Design by Match & Company. Textured cream endpapers. Vol.1 bound in red leather, vol.2 in blue. Each volume numbered 3 of 50 copies. Stainless steel slipcase. Publisher’s board slipcase covered with binder’s mull; lightly soiled. Original two-piece card shipping box with a printed label ; lightly rubbed with wear to edges. Gelatin silver photograph (120 x 164 mm), signed by Moriyama and numbered in pencil to verso, laid in. Signed by art director Satoshi Machiguchi in black ink. Fine in near-fine slipcases.

First edition, one of 50 deluxe copies with a signed original photograph, though uncalled for this copy is additionally signed by the designer Satoshi Machiguchi. Ah Kohya is Terayama’s fictional account of two young boys from 1960s Shinjuku who are striving to be professional boxers. This celebrated work was first published in instalments by literary magazine Gendai no Me in 1965 and in book-form the following year. The design of this deluxe edition picks up on the boxing theme: the photographs and text are separated into two separate volumes bound in red and blue to represent the two corners, the mull represents the tape on the boxer’s fists and the steel slipcase can be used as a bell.


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