Huangshan: Poems from the T’ang Dynasty by Michael Kenna
21st Editions, 2010, Signed Limited Edition, 4 of 60
12 Signed Original Hand Printed Platinum Prints
One Signed Free-standing Platinum Print
History: In 2010, fine press photography book publisher 21st Editions released Huangshann Poems from the T’ang Dynasty. Limited to 60 copies worldwide, the hand-bound collection contains 13 original platinum prints (twelve bound and one free-standing platinum print entitled, “Huangshan Mountains Study 20” that is suitable for framing). Each print is fully signed by Michael Kenna with the free standing photograph also signed in full on the rectro. This copy, 4 of 60, was presented to Lance Speer (21st Editions Contributing Editor and Director of Marketing” upon completion of the project.
Details of the Book and Prints: In Kenna’s masterful photographs illustrating Huangshan, ethereal mists run like rivers haunting the mountains and valleys of one of China’s most picturesque lands. Kenna, one of the world’s greatest art photographers and the finest living master of landscape photography, has indeed captured the very essence of Huangshan more perfectly than it has ever been captured before. Twelve hand coated, fully signed platinum prints are accompanied by some of the greatest masterpieces of Chinese poetry, including many by famed mountain poet Han Shan (Cold Mountain), all of which are translated by Stanton Hager, the finest and most poetic translator of T’ang poetry.
Each signed and numbered copy of Huangshan is hand-bound and printed in letterpress on handmade cotton rag paper. This gorgeous handmade volume is housed in a custom clamshell box. The book measures 16” x 14.25” with each of the 12 fully signed platinum prints measuring 9” x 9”. The free-standing platinum print is housed in a folded, letterpress printed presentation folder. The book is signed by Michael Kenna, Stanton Hager, John Wood, and publisher Steven Albahari. A Letter of Provenance from Lance Speer is included.
The book, prints, and case are all in MINT condition.
Photographs of book, the free standing platinum print, and several examples of platinum prints contained in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.