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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, obi, 2 color frontispieces, (24) p. of full-page b&w pictures (gravure). Text in Japanese.
Reliure toile noire, étui ill., obi, 2 frontispices couleur, (24) p. de photographies n&b hors-texte (héliogravure). 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)

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

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