SHAHN, Ben and Richard Hudson
Kuboyama and the Saga of the Lucky Dragon
New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1965. First Edition. Quarto (28.5cm). Original pictorial cloth boards; printed acetate dustjacket; 59pp; illus. Shahn's file copy, with Bernarda Shahn's ownership signature to front endpaper. Board edges rubbed, else Very Good in the original printed clear acetate dustwrapper, slightly rubbed and with small chips to edges. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with their estate label tipped onto front pastedown. Hudson's text recounts the story of Aikichi Kuboyama, crewmember on a Japanese fishing vessel who died of radiation poisoning following the 1954 H-Bomb test on Bikini Atoll. The incident inspired a series of allegorical paintings from Shahn, reproductions of which are included here (including 4 leaves of color plates).