Hiroshima. Photographs by Ken Domon. Kenko-sha, Tokyo, 1958. 176 pp. Small Folio (14.25 x 10.25 in./36 x 26 cm) First edition. 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."
Fine in Fine- dust jacket; a great copy--solidly Fine in a Fine- jacket with just a trace of edge wear; a couple of nicks at spine ends, with tiny tear (less than .25 in./.5 cm); Near Fine slipcase; upper joints split near crown of spine (1 in./2.5 cm) and opening (.75 in./2 cm); light tanning to spine area.