Fosco Maraini, L’Isola delle pescatrici, 1960

Dust jacket back and front

Italian edition, dust jacket back and front

 

 

In July 1954 Italian photographer Fosco Maraini travelled together with a small film crew to the small Japanese island of Hekura Hegura-jima (舳倉島). The island is famous for female pearl divers (ama divers). Maraini’s warm-hearted diary style text is illustrated by his photographs in this small-format book. The first colour picture section is focused mainly on the daily life on the island, with distant views and general impressions. But Maraini comes closer and closer with his camera, documenting the work of the (usually topless) female pearl divers at, around and under the water. The ama divers became quite a popular subject for photographers. Yoshiyuki Iwase and Yoshinobu Nakamura are probably the best-known of those who photographed the diving girls.

The heart of this book is an 88-page picture section with 72 pages of black and white photographs, followed by 16 pages of colour photographs of the famous diving girls. The underwater black & images are printed with a greenish overlay, enhancing the underwater impression. The book is a wonderful celebration of this lost tradition, the girls no longer diving naked and unaided.

The book was also published in the UK, USA and Germany.
The Italian edition was reprinted in 1961, 1962 & 1964.

L’isola delle pescatrici
Italian edition published by Leonardo da Vinci editrice, Bari, 1960, 1961, 1962 & 1964
The island of the fisherwomen
US edition published by Harcourt, Brace & World Inc., New York, 1962
HEKURA: The Diving Girls’ Island
UK edition published by Hamish Hamilton, London, 1962
Die Insel der Fischermädchen
German edition published by Henry Goverts Verlag, Stuttgart, 1963
Najadernas Ö
Swedish edition published by Albert Bonniers Förlag, Stockholm, 1963
AMA Island – Hegura Island
Japanese edition published by 未来社  Miraisha, 1964

 

Hard cover with dust jacket

13.5 x 19.3cm

220 pages
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Fosco Maraini, Island of the fisherwoman, 1962

 

Fosco_Maraini_The_island_of_the_fisherwomen

US edition, dust jacket back and front

 

 

US edition published by Harcourt, Brace & World Inc., New York, 1962

Hard cover with dust jacket

17 x 23.5cm

200 pages

Fosco_Maraini_The_island_of_the_fisherwomen_cover

US edition, cover back and front

Fosco_Maraini_The_island_of_the_fisherwomen_frontpapers

US edition, front papers

Fosco_Maraini_The_island_of_the_fisherwomen_titlepages

US edition, title pages

 

 

 

Fosco Maraini, HEKUTA: The Diving Girls’ Island, 1962

 

Fosco_Maraini_Hekura_The_Diving_Girls_Island

UK edition, dust jacket back and front

 

 

UK edition published by Hamish Hamilton, London, 1962

Hard cover with dust jacket

17.1 x 23.5cm

200 pages

Fosco_Maraini_Hekura_The_Diving_Girls_Island_cover

UK edition, cover back and front

Fosco_Maraini_Hekura_The_Diving_Girls_Island_frontpaper

UK edition, front papers

Fosco_Maraini_Hekura_The_Diving_Girls_Island_titlepages

UK edition, title pages

 

 

 

Fosco Maraini, Die Insel der Fischermädchen, 1963

 

German edition, dust jacket back and front

German edition, dust jacket back and front

 

 

German edition published by Henry Goverts Verlag, Stuttgart, 1963

Hard cover with dust jacket

16.3 x 23.7cm

200 pages

Fosco_Maraini_Die_Insel_der_Fischermädchen_cover

German edition, cover back and front

Fosco_Maraini_Die_Insel_der_Fischermädchen_frontpapers

German edition, front papers

Fosco_Maraini_Die_Insel_der_Fischermädchen_titlepages

German edition, title pages

 

 

 

 

 

Fosco Maraini, Najadernas Ö, 1963

 

Swedish edition, dust jacket back and front

Swedish edition, dust jacket back and front

 

cover back and front

cover back and front

Fosco_Maraini_Najadernas_Ö_title_page

 

The Swedish edition was published 1963. Identical in format to the Italian first edition.
Published by Albert Bonniers Förlag, Stockholm 1963
126 pages text
104 pages photographs

 

Hard cover with dust jacket

13.6 x 19.2cm

230 pages

 

 

 

 

Fosco Maraini, 海女の島―舳倉島 (AMA Island – Hegura Island), 1964

Japanese edition, dust jacket front and back (with table of content)

Japanese edition, dust jacket front and back (with table of content)

 

 

The Japanese edition of Fosco Maraini’s L’Isola delle pescatrici was published four years after the original 1960 Italian edition. It is very similar in format to the Italian edition. The most obvious difference to the original and all subsequent editions is the selection of photographs: the Japanese edition only shows images of topless diver girls. The picturesque shots of the village and its daily routine have been substituted by illustrations throughout.
172 pages text (translated to Japanese by Fumiko Makino)
3 pages maps
31 pages photographs
Published by 未来社  Miraisha 15th October 1964

Hard cover with dust jacket and publisher’s slip

13.3 x 18.9cm

206 pages

Cover back and front

Cover back and front

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Publishers slip back and front

Publishers slip back and front

 

 

 

 

Japanese edition 1964, Swedish edition 1963, Italian edition 1960, US edition 1962, UK edition 1962, German edition 1963

Japanese edition 1964, Swedish edition 1963, Italian edition 1960, US edition 1962, UK edition 1962, German edition 1963

Japanese edition 1964, Italian edition 1960, Swedish edition 1963, US edition 1962, UK edition 1962, German edition 1963

Japanese edition 1964, Italian edition 1960, Swedish edition 1963, US edition 1962, UK edition 1962, German edition 1963

 

 

 

4th edition, 1964, dust jacket front

4th edition, 1964, dust jacket front

 

The dust jacket design was changed for the 4th Italian edition published 1964.