Hardcover. New York , Metropolitan Museum of Art/Abrams, 1st, 2000, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 305 pages plus bibliography. The richest collection outside of Cyprus of Cypriot antiquities. Built up by General Luigi Palma di Cesnola as the first director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he acquired most of the art between 1879 and 1900 with works dating from 2500 B.C. to A.D. 300. Over 450 color images with map of the regions from which the art was acquired, this represents an essential item for a knowledge of the art of Cyprus in antiquity in all its forms.
Hardcover. New York , McGraw-Hill, 1st, 1968, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, large folio, 159 pages, index, 60 beautiful tipped-in color plates of ancient Mexican sites after photographs by Irmgard Groth. Original gilt-lettered burgundy cloth in original color pictorial dust jacket that has a small chip to top of spine. The author of this book, Ignacio Bernal (1910 - 1992), was an eminent Mexican anthropologist and archaeologist. Bernal excavated much of Monte Alban, originally starting as a student of Alfonso Caso, and later led major archeological projects at Teotihuacan. In 1965 he excavated Dainzu. He was the Director of Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology 1962-68 (at the time of this publication) and again 1970-77. In 1965, he was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bernal was awarded the Premio Nacional in 1969. He was a founding member of the Third World Academy of Sciences in 1983. This book includes 60 hand-mounted colour plates and 1 map (all framable); each chosen by Bernal photographed by Mrs. Irmgard Groth, a gifted photographer whose special field was Mexican archaeology. In these plates we see the extraordinary sculpture of the Omecs; the Pyramid of the Moon of Teotihuacan; the Maya temples of Palenque; the Pyramid of the Niches of Tajin on the Gulf Coast; the temples at the great city of Chichen Itza; the gold ornaments of the Mixtecs at Monte Alban; the temple carved by the Aztecs out of the Cliffside at Malinalco; and many other buildings and artifacts, the surviving testimonials - sometimes exquisite, sometimes aw-inspiring - to the greatness of a long-vanished culture.
Hardcover. Chicago, Art Media Resources, 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 305 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Light edgewear to cover boards, otherwise clean bright copy. Color pictures throughout. 12x12x1 dimensions. Numbering over 250 works spanning nearly 1500 years, the Dewey collection of ancient Chinese tomb sculpture is exceptional for its breadth and outstanding quality. Representing nearly all figural types, stylistic traditions and themes, it provides a comprehensive visual record with fascinating insights into the customs and fashions, inventions and superstitions of ancient China's ruling elite during the golden age of the Great Silk Road.
Softcover. NY, Stewart Tabori & Chang, reprint, 1997, Softcover, 169 pages, illustrated in color. An authority on Pompeii and the ancient Roman Empire takes readers on a tour of Pompeii, examining every aspect of the city and its people. This presentation of over 80 amazingly diverse works of erotic art from Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum accompanies a meticulous text which discusses the works in detail, emphasizing elements of composition, style, origin, and the mythological or real-life influences that inspired their creation. 159 color photos by Antonia Mulas.
Hardcover. Dublin, Dolmen Editions, First Edition, 1977, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 78 pages. Hardcover. Limited to 650 copies. Black cloth boards with white printed decoration & white titles to spine. Ink paintings by Louis le Brocquy in black & white throughout. Previous owner's bookplate to front endpaper. Clean, unmarked, tight copy. No dust jacket.
Hardcover. US, Prestel USA, 1st, 2012, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 264 pages. Hardcover in slipcase. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. This elegant volume is the first comprehensive published study in English of the finely carved wooden covers designed to protect fragile Tibetan Buddhist texts. From the 11th through 14th centuries, Tibetan monks worked tirelessly to transcribe the life and teachings of the Buddha onto paper. Highly skilled craftsmen then covered these pages with wooden boards that had been elaborately and painstakingly carved, gilded, and painted. The MacLean Collection, based in Chicago, has significant holdings of these extremely rare and ornately decorated objects. The first and most comprehensive of its kind, this lavishly produced, oversize volume features numerous illustrations of magnificent book covers from Tibet as well as several examples from other cultures. The volume tells the fascinating history of these objects, examines the materials from which they were carved, and traces stylistic influences from Kashmir, India, Nepal, and China.