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#0810906279 Art of Dynastic China $7
Art of Dynastic China
Author: William Watson
Editor: Naomi Noble Richard
Publisher: Harry N Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York 1981
Hardcover with dust jacket: 633 pages, 184 full page colour plates, 508 monochrome photographs.
Language: English
ISBN: 0-8109-0627-9
Size: 12-5/8” x 10” x 2”
Shipping weight: 8 lbs.
Condition: Used, dust jacket and edge stains, signs of age, use and wear, otherwise fine condition.
#0195877314 Arts of the Tang Court $11
Arts of the Tang Court
Images of Asia Series
Author: Patricia Eichenbaum Karetzky
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Hong Kong 1996
Description: The Tang dynasty (AD 618-907) is known as China's golden age, celebrated for its enlightened government, openness to outside influences, and varied and magnificent works of art. This beautifully-illustrated book brings together in one volume the dynasty's most important artistic accomplishments. A sketch of the era's political and social history is followed by chapters illustrating the development of ceramics, the production of gold and silver, Tang painting and sculpture, and religious and funerary art.
Hardcover: 90 pages, monochome plates, 16 colour plates
Language: English
ISBN: 0-19-587731-4
Size: 7-7/8” x 5-3/8”
Shipping weight: 6.4 ounces
Condition: Used, signs of age, use and wear, otherwise fine condition.
#0689110189 Behind The Great Wall: A Photographic Essay on China $5
Behind The Great Wall: A Photographic Essay on China
Black and White Photographs by Mary Cross
Color Photogrpahs by Theodore Cross
Text by Mary and Theodore Cross
Publisher: Atheneum, New York 1979 (first edition)
Exhibition catalog for the 1979 exhibit of China photographs at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Hardcover with dust jacket: 28 full page colour plates, 74 monochrome photographs.
Language: English
ISBN: 0-689-11018-9
Size: 12-5/8” x 9-3/4”
Shipping weight: 2.8 lbs.
Condition: Used, dust jacket creased, rubbed and edge tears, corners bumped, signs of age, use and wear, otherwise fine condition.
CHINESEARTASH Chinese Art $40
Chinese Art
Authors: Leigh Ashton and Basil Gray
Publisher: The Beechhurst Press, New York 1953 (first American edition)
Deescription: A survey of Artwork principally ceramics from 3000 B.C. to 1912 A.D. Examples pictured are mostly from American and European Museums in the early 1950’s.
Hardcover: 366 pages, 144 full page monochrome plates and 1 coulour plate.
Size: 10-1/8” x 6-3/8”
Condition: Used, freen cloth covered boards with minor edge worn, dust jacket in poor condition torn, endpapers and edges with traces of foxing, otherwise fine condition.
003056073X China 100 Years of Revolution $5
China 100 Years of Revolution
Author: Harrison E. Salisbury
Designed by Jean-Claude Suares
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York 1983 (first edition)
Hardcover with dust jacket: 256 pages, colour and monochrome plates, index.
Language: English
ISBN: 0-03-056073-X
Size: 12-1/4” x 9-1/2”
Shipping weight: 3.4 lbs.
Condition: Used, dust jacket creased, signs of age, use and wear, otherwise fine condition.
#0500050902 Chronicle of the Chinese Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial China $5
Chronicle of the Chinese Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial China
Author: Ann Paludan
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd. London 1998 (first edition)
Description: Spanning over 2,000 years, from the great 'First Emperor', buried with his terracotta army in the 3rd century BC, to the last emperor, enthroned in the Forbidden City in 1911, Chronicle of the Chinese Emperors details the fascinating lives and personalities of all 157 Chinese emperors. In addition to timelines detailing the major events of every reign, this book includes each emperor's name in Chinese calligraphic script, and a datafile for each emperor listing key information, such as name at birth and imperial wives and concubines.
Hardcover with dust jacket: 224 pages with 368 illustrations 126 in colour, bibliography and index
Language: English
Size: 10-1/4” x 7-3/4”
Condition: Used, minor signs of age, use and wear otherwise excellent condition
#071953738X Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Cities and Treasures of Chinese Central Asia $60
Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Cities and Treasures of Chinese Central Asia
Author: Peter Hopkirk
Description: The Silk Road, which linked imperial Rome and distant China, was once the greatest thoroughfare on earth. Along it travelled precious cargoes of silk, gold and ivory, as well as revolutionary new ideas. Its oasis towns blossomed into thriving centres of Buddhist art and learning. In time it began to decline. The traffic slowed, the merchants left and finally its towns vanished beneath the desert sands to be forgotten for a thousand years. But legends grew up of lost cities filled with treasures and guarded by demons. In the early years of the last century foreign explorers began to investigate these legends, and very soon an international race began for the art treasures of the Silk Road. Huge wall paintings, sculptures and priceless manuscripts were carried away, literally by the ton, and are today scattered through the museums of a dozen countries. Peter Hopkirk tells the story of the intrepid men who, at great personal risk, led these long-range archaeological raids, incurring the undying wrath of the Chinese.
Publisher: John Murray, London,, 1984 (first published 1980).
Hardcover with dust jacket: 252 pages including black and white photographic illustrations, maps, bibliography and index..
Language: English.
ISBN: 0-7195-3738-X
Size: 8-3/4” x 5-1/42”.
Condition: Used, front end paper with penned dedication “December 25 1984 Merry Christmas John happy reading”, dust jacket edges worn, otherwise excellent condition.
IMPERIALPEKIN Imperial Peking: Seven Centuries of China $5
Imperial Peking: Seven Centuries of China
Author: Lin Yutang, with an essay on “The Art of Peking” by Peter C. Swann.
Publisher: Crown Publishers, Inc., New York 1961 (first edition)
Hardcover with dust jacket: 227 pages, 119 illustrations, 12 maps, bibliography and index.
Language: English
Size: 10-7/8” x 8-1/4”
Condition: Used, dust jacket with edge tears and taped repairs, signs of age, use and wear, otherwise fine condition.
#0893810290 The Face of China: As Seen by Photographers & Travelers 1860-1912 $5.
The Face of China: As Seen by Photographers & Travelers 1860-1912
An Aperture Book published as a catalogue for the exhibition presented by the Philadelphia Museum of Art from April 15 to June 25, 1978.
Preface: L. Carrington Goodrich
Historical Commentary: Nigel Cameron
Publisher: Aperture, Inc. Millerton, New York 1978 (first edition).
Description:The Face of China is an evocative and candid collection of some of the first photographs made in that country. Along with descriptive captions, these images describe the daily life and surroundings of an era now passed. The people are as seen through Western eyes, and the places are as traversed by foreigners. These early photographers were explorers and adventurers. They lugged huge cameras with heavy glass plates over rugged, unfamiliar terrain. Interspersed throughout the book are passages from significant texts and travelers' diaries, observations and opinions that echo and illuminate the images. For many Chinese, these photographers were the first white faces ever seen, and they carried with them previously undreamed-of contraptions. For all this, there is an unguarded air to many of the portraits, and the street scenes have the candid look of today's street photographer.
Hardcover with dust jacket: 160 pages, 102 full page monochome plates.
Language: English
Size: 9-7/8” x 11-1/2”
Condition: Used, dust jacket with tears, minor signs of age, use and wear , otherwise fine condition.
FACEOFTAIWAN The Face of Taiwan 1887 - 1945 $7
The Face of Taiwan 1887 - 1945
Published in Japan
Description: A pictorial history of the island.
Paperback: 164 pages, 150 full page monochome plates with captions.
Language: Japanese / English
Size: 8-1/4” x 5-7/8”
Condition: Used, signs of age, use and wear , otherwise fine condition.
# 0847804380 The Han Dynasty $15
Author: Michele Pirazolli-T’Serstevens
Translated by Janet Seligman
Hardcover w/ dust jacket: 240 pages. black and white (128), colour (30) plates.
Publisher: Rizzoli Intl Pubns; First English edition (November 1982)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0847804380
ISBN-13: 978-0847804382
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.6 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
Condition: Used - worn dust jacket edges with slight fading, book is in fine condition.
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