*1/3 & 3/3 have already been sold. This is the last copy (# 2/3).
Oban (XXL) edition of Vanishing Existence -China’s forgotten leprosy colonies- is now available. Limited edition of 3. This is the super large sized book of 100 x 70cm. When it opens, 140 x 100 cm. This is more like an art object rather than a book.
Design & Concept
Some of you may know that the leprosy is one of the oldest deceases described in the history. The disease was written even in the the Old Testament. In China, there was a part written in the Analects of Confucius.
To make the book with the atmosphere of Chinese paleography, it was necessary to choose the right materials. I first looked for Chinese paper if there is any, but due to the quality reason (especially printing images) , I decided to use traditional Japanese Kozo paper which is very high-quality and still can see the texture of fiber which I believe is the best to realize the ancient look.
Backside of Cover:
Nishinouchi purely handmade paper from Ibaraki prefecture known for it’s strength. Even if it’s wet, the drawing or writing does not run in water, the paper amazingly hold what written or drawn on the paper. This is the paper used for Tokugawa shogun era for their important documents too. This paper makes the cover page durable even with Japanese binding.
All binding process are made by hands, one by one. Each edition is carefully bound with traditional technic.
Title calligraphy is drawn by Misato Ichino, a Japanese calligrapher.
Photos & design: Kosuke Okahara
Text: Takeshi Nishio
Title caligraphy: Misato Ichino
Date: 25 May, 2016
Printed country: Japan
# of pages: 40 pages
Size: 100 x 70cm (Oban=XXL size)
Edition: 3 All signed & stamped by the author
Price: 6000 € including shipping (This is the last copy out of 3 editions)