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KON WAJIRO & YOSHIDA KENKICHI. - [Moderunorojio - Kogengaku].

Tokyo, Shun'yudo 1930 (Showa 5). Large octavo publisher's decorated cloth blocked in white, red and black, chipped dustwrapper with a couple of old tape marks inside; 361pp, profusely illustrated throughout, a few photo or colour plates. Light browning; a remarkably good copy of a book that invites continual thumbing. ¶ First printing. There may be a better copy of this out there but I'm yet to see it. This is an extraordinary book; the gospel of Modernology, hard to find in decent condition and very hard with a dustwrapper. Kon and Yoshida have compiled an encyclopaedia, surely unsurpassed, of the apparently ordinary, of the people of Tokyo, fit to provoke unseemly enthusiasm in theoreticians and urban planners ever since. I gather that Kon's thesis - born out of watching the people of Tokyo begin to rebuild after the 1923 earthquake and fire - is that those who do the planning, designing and official building know nothing of what people actually do, what they own and how they use those things - how they live and who they are.
AUD 1500.00 [Appr.: EURO 916.25 US$ 1105.6 | £UK 824.5 | JP¥ 115530] Book number 10710

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