Hiroshima. Photographs by Ken Domon. Kenko-sha, Tokyo, 1958. 176 pp. Folio. First edition; SIGNED in Kanji in front flyleaf. Clothbound in dust jacket illustrated with a reproduction of a painting by Joan Miró. Printed Slipcased. 1 color and 164 gravure reproductions.
Along with Kikuji Kawada's Chizu [The Map], (1965), Shomei Tomatsu's Nagasaki 11:02 (1966) and Domon's 1961 collaboration with Tomatsu, Hiroshima-Nagasaki Document, this book remains one of the most important photographic memorials to the destruction wrought by the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan by the U.S. According to Parr & Badger, "Fine gravure printing and the cover by Joan Miró seem designed to provide an international focus and lend a dignity to the horrors that are unflinchingly confronted within. The events are recorded in a careful and respectful way, as if the act of making a book could somehow begin the process of reconciliation and healing."
Near Fine+/Fine-; light wear to extremities; some foxing, upper pp. edges; a few small areas of abrasion to pastedowns (likely from misapplied library protector); Near Fine+ jacket; light edge wear; with a couple tiny chips and tears. Case Very Good with foxing and small areas of light staining; 'tips' with minor abrasion; long split to one joint; two short splits at openings.