Take Ivy. Photographs by Teruyoshi Hayashida. Fujingaho sha, Tokyo, 1973. 139 pp. Small Quarto (9.75 x 7.5 in./25 x 19 cm.). Second edition (originally published in 1965). Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Text in Japanese.
"Time has done little to dim the allure of Take Ivy, with its guileless snapshots of handsome, fit and presumably bright young lugs disporting themselves in dining halls, on the College Green at Dartmouth, along Nassau Street in Princeton and in Harvard Yard...
"Part style manual for Japanese fans of American 'trad' style and, somewhat inadvertently, an ethnographic study, Take Ivy went on to become, in the decades since publication, the nearly unattainable center of a passionate cult.
"People spent years hunting down rare copies. They traded them online for prices that reached into the thousands. They photocopied and distributed them in design studios like fashion samizdat...'More influential as a myth or Holy Grail that no one could get their hands on,' than as an actual object of use, according to [designer Michael] Bastian, Take Ivy nevertheless once occupied a treasured position on his assistant's desk when that particular designer was toiling for Ralph Lauren. 'He used to have a pack of Xeroxes and was one of those people who passed Take Ivy around in back alleys for a long time.'"--Guy Trebay, New York Times
Slight wear to extremities of boards and jacket; otherwise Fine/Fine.