Since the printer never intended for these 50 deluxe copies printed on tori no ko paper to be read, each of the deluxe copies was accompanied by a hors commerce "reading copy" on Kyokushi paper 局紙 without illustrations. There were a further 200 copies of the so-called fukan 府刊 (supplementary) edition, also printed on Kyokushi paper, with only one of the Onchi's color prints. The combination we have here at hand is of the original pair of issues, deluxe and reading copy. This would seem to contradict theories (such as my own) that the first 50 copies of the "fukan" edition were meant as a reading copy for an identically numbered deluxe edition copy.
This is the deluxe and only complete edition of this work, being bound in hard covers and having all three illustrations Onchi designed for it. It is a tour de force of bookmanship, and the most elusive of Onchi's productions.
Wear to front board and slight foxing throughout. Damage to front wrapper and dampstain and mold on top section of last 10 pages and rear wrapper of the reading copy. (Inventory #: 90547)