July 6, 2017: Gucci has announced the launch of the latest in its occasional series of limited-edition publications, entitled Hortus Sanitatis (Latin for ‘The Garden of Health’). It takes its name from the first natural history encyclopaedia, which was published in Mainz, Germany, in 1485. Showcasing imagery of the Gucci Pre-fall 2017 Collection shot in Rome by photographer Derek Ridgers, the book takes the form of a series of informal pictures of models accompanied by animals such as cats and snakes. The book will come inside of a red cotton pouch detailed with a skull and crossbones, gold-gilded page-edges and gold foil on the cover.
Distributed by IDEA, the London-based independent publisher, Hortus Sanitatis is limited to 1,000 copies. Priced at £75, ¥12,500, $95 and € 85, the title will be sold as of 5th July, and will be launched at the Comme des Garçons Trading Museum at 54 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris.
Thereafter it will be on sale throughout the world at the following selected stores:
Comme des Garçons Trading Museum, Paris
Dover Street Market, New York
Dashwood, New York
Arcana, Los Angeles
Dover Street Market London
Dover Street Market Ginza, Tokyo
Daikanyama T-Site, Tokyo
The Store x Soho House Berlin
10 Corso Como, Milan
Boon the shop, Seoul