Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture. Photos by Ishimoto with texts by Walter Gropius and Kenzo Tange. Designed by Herbert Bayer. Texts in Japanese with English translations appended. Zokei Sha, Tokyo, Japan, 1960 (the original 1960 first printing; the first Japanese ed.; many later editions/iterations). Large quarto. Clothbound. Original acetate jacket (often missing or tattered). Cardboard slipcase with printed label. Black-and-white reproductions.
Absolutely seminal collection by Ishimoto, shot between '53-54. The influence of this book on modern Japanese design and architecture (and our perception of it in the West) cannot be overstated. Katsura Imperial Villa, has been a pilgrimage site for connoisseurs of Modernist architecture for decades (going back to Bruno Taut's first visit in the 30s). The collaboration between Ishimoto & Tange has an intriguing back story, which is the subject of Yasufumi Nakamori's wonderful 2010 reconsideration of the material published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
A superb copy, Fine+, very rare as such, with only two small, hand-written notations on front free-end paper and pastedown; the rare acetate is Fine+ save for a tiny 3/4" edge tear.
Slipcase Fine- with some wear at extremities; small chip to label.