Ise: Nihon kenchiku no genkei. : . [Ise: The original form of Japanese architecture (trans.)].

Tokyo: Asahi Shinbunsha, 1962.

Large square folio (28 x 28 cm.), [vi], 251, [2] pages. Photographically illustrated, with additional maps, plans, etc. Text in Japanese. FIRST EDITION. A major work by Kenzo Tange, Japanese architect, and "winner of the 1987 Pritzker Prize for architecture. He was one of the most significant architects of the 20th century, combining traditional Japanese styles with modernism, and designed major buildings on five continents ( This work documents the reconstruction of the Ise Shrine in 1953. This 59th iteration of the reconstruction was, for the first time ever, a public event, as it was the first reconstruction following the end of the war, and coincided with the end of American occupation. Tange documents the event and treats the traditional architecture of the Shrine as modernist and a model for the future of a new Japanese architecture. Clean and sound, in red cloth; spine somewhat sunned, and a bit of light soiling to edges of boards. In cardboard slipcase, covered in black paper, with black and red-printed spine and board title labels. Wear to edges of slipcase. Generally near very good or a bit better. Inscribed on the half-title by the architect, “To Dean Jose Louis [sic] Sert, with admiration, from Kenzo Tange, 1962 March”. When this inscription was made, the Catalan architect Jose Luis Sert was Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Both Sert and Tange were highly influenced by Le Corbusier, and both produced some of their most significant works in response to the horrors of war (Tange spent much his early career following the end of the Second World War transforming a site of atomic destruction into site of deep reflection through his Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park; Sert was responsible for the Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 Paris Exposition, the building which held Picasso’s Guernica for its first public viewings. An exceptional association. [OCLC locates forty-five copies].

Price: $1,200.00