Tokyo: Shueisha, 1963. First Edition. Folio. 43 black and white photographs, 4 color illustrations on vellum, 2 gatefolds. Number 91 of 1500 press-numbered copies, SIGNED by Hosoe and Mishima, and additionally INSCRIBED in silver marker by Hosoe to a collector. Arguably the most famous Japanese photobook of the 20th century. Writer Yukio Mishima is the model for Hosoe's lavish surreal production; his collaboration in the project pushed Hosoe's artistic talents to the brink, creating a final document that transcends the inherent limitations of book arts. (Parr / Badger, v1, 280-281; Roth 164-165; Open Book 194-195; Auer 422). Top of the text block gently bumped, else near fine in illustrated cloth boards in near fine example of the publisher's plain acetate jacket; housed in the publisher's distinctive black printed slipcase, with light wear and rubbing, especially along the bottom edge. Nice copy of a book usually encountered in subpar condition.