Tokyo: Murai-sha, 1965. First Edition. Square quarto. Text by Mitsuharu Inoue. The shape of an LP, this is the first book by Japanese photographer Kazuo Kitai, documenting student protests in the early 1960s; SIGNED by Kitai in Kanji. Interestingly, several blurred and grainy pictures would seem to presage the work of the Provoke photographers. According to Kitai, both Daido Moriyama and Takuma Nakahira - the founders of Provoke - were huge admirers of the book. Moriyama in fact instructed his students to buy this book. Kitai was also the publisher of Ihei Kimura's "Paris," and the recipient of the first Ihei Kimura award for his 1976 book "To the Village." (Parr / Badger, v3, 54-55). A publisher's defect to the inside of the rear cover has caused a few abrasions both on that page, and also on the opposing page, which is the last photograph in the book; middle signature detached and now laid in; a good copy in photo-illustrated wrappers.