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NAITO Masatoshi / SANO Fumitoshi. Nihon no Sokushinbutsu / Japanese Mummified Monks (1969)



SANO Fumitoshi / NAITO Masatoshi. Nihon no Sokushinbutsu (Japan's Buddhist Mummies / Momies bouddhiques du Japon). Tokyo : Kofu-sha Shoten, Showa 44 (1969). First edition. — AVAILABLE: see STOCKLIST for pricing

Description — In-8° (22 x 15,5 x 2,5 cm), 210 p., 600 g.
Black cloth binding, pict. slipcase, 2 color front., (24) p. of full-page b&w pictures. Text in Japanese.
Reliure toile noire, étui ill., 2 frontis. coul., (24) p. de photographies n&b hors-texte. Texte en japonais.

État / Condition — VG / TB.

Remarques & avis / Review — One of renowned photographer and specialist in Japanese religious folkore Masatoshi NAITO's earliest works, a monochrome study on sokushinbutsu, Japanese mummified buddhist 'saints' — monks who practised austerity to death. The plates are gorgeous: fantastic printing with incredibly deep blacks. A important book, rather uncommon, especially in a fine condition.

L'un des premiers ouvrages du photographe et spécialiste du folklore religieux japonais NAITO Masatoshi, étude monochrome sur les sokushinbutsu, "saints" bouddhiques momifiés du Japon — des moines ayant suivi leurs pratiques d'austérité jusqu'à la mort. Superbes photographies : impression aux noirs d'une profondeur incroyable. Livre important, assez peu courant, particulièrement dans un si bel état.

Divers / Misc. — Table of contents:

Miira to iu mono (About mummies)
Butsukyo sekai to sokushinbutsu (The world of buddhist teachings and the sokushinbutsu)
Genson suru sokushinbutsu (Sokushinbutsu in existence)
Sokushinbutsu retsuden (Biographies of sokushinbutsu)
etc.


Ref.: NAITO Masatoshi. Nihon no Shashinka : Naito Masatoshi (1998), 6-7














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