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Hosoe, Eikoh (Artist/Photographer) & Mishima, Yukio (Contributor). EIKOH HOSOE: HOYO ("EMBRACE") . Tokyo, Japan: Shashin Hyoronsha Publishing House, 1971. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 96 pages. Fine/Fine.

Artist Book. One of the greatest erotic art photography books of the 20th century. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. There is no ISBN. The book is now very rare. A brilliant production by Eikoh Hosoe: Oversize-volume format. Handsome cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Eikoh Hosoe. Preface by Yukio Mishima, the greatest Japanese novelist of the 20th century. Mishima famously collaborated with Hosoe on "Ba Ra Kei". Cardboard slipcase with titles printed on black paper that is pasted on the slipcase. Printed in gravure on thick uncoated stock paper by The Nissha Printing Company in Tokyo, Japan to absolutely the highest standards. In pink DJ with black titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents one of the most stunning and influential explorations of the nude in the history of art and photography. Abstracted, choreographed down to the smallest detail, and yet sensuous (made palpably so by the exquisite gravure printing), these nudes will not be surpassed. As the title suggests, every image is an embrace, showing a completely nude and physically intimate male and female couple, whose interest to us is the line formed by the closeness of their bodies, which remain discrete and never become one despite their extreme proximity. They are obviously enacting (if not actually engaged in) sexual intercourse, but Hosoe's goal (and genius) is to make us see and think not about sex but about beauty. The erotic is ultimately an aesthetic, not a sexual, experience. No one can justifiably think of these images as pornographic, which is about arousal. Everyone will see how ravishingly and transcendently beautiful they are. A "must-have" title for Eikoh Hosoe and erotic art photography book collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and placed in pencil on the half-title page by the artist/photographer: "Eikoh Hosoe Tokyo". This title is now very highly collectible. This is the only signed copy available online and is in unusually fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 62 gravure plates. "Ba Ra Kei" and "Kamaitachi" were selected as two of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EIKOH HOSOE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $2500.00

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