211 pp. monograph on the work of one of the leading illustrators in postwar Japan, best known for his brilliantly colored designs that borrow from science fiction, fantasy, surrealism, psychedlia, etc., including essays in both Japanese and English by Masuo Ikeda and Paul Davis, additional material including chronology in Japanese only, and nearly 200 superb color plates showing the work. Sm. folio. Cloth, slipcase. Tokyo (Kodansha) 1975. Manabe (1932-2000) was born and raised in the rural city of Niihama on the northern side of Shikoku and his work is informed by the surrounding landscape, though radically stylized by the artist. He was prolific as a book cover designer, and was responsible for the covers of many novels by the alternative sci-fi writers Shin'ichi Hoshi and Yatsutaka Tsutsui, among others. The present work, an elaborate production with excellent color plates, is found by OCLC in only one location worldwide as of April 2014. (Inventory #: 47832)
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