Adachi Kiroku: CHOAN SHISEKI NO KENKYU. (Research on the Historical Remains of Chang'an). Toyo Bunko Ronso 20 Parts 1 and 2. Tokyo, 1933. Cloth text volume: 292 pp. B/w illustrations, 5 foldouts. 2 map in back pocket; 12 pp. text in booklet. Separate volume comprising 170 loose b/w collotype plates in board portfolio. 2 vols. 27x20 cm. Cloth & boards.
GBP 1,500.00
Two volume report on the historical remains in and around the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an (present-day Xi'an) comprising the results of the author's investigation of the area during 1908-1911. A definitive work on the condition of the archaeological and historical sites in the Xi'an area at the start of the 20th century. Text volume and separate portfolio of 170 loose black-and-white collotype photographic plates with accompanying small text volume. The photographs are sensational, showing the old city walls of Xi'an, sites within the city (Moslem Temple, Forest of Steles) and temples and archaeological sites in the area. Includes much material on the Han and Tang tombs, totally deserted and neglected, with tomb statuary lying everywhere. Includes objects in situ that are identifiable as now being amongst the treasures of Shaanxi Provincial Museum - including the Tang horse carvings. The plates exhibit fine photography with a true early twentieth century feel feel - some have the heliographic quality associated with Sirens: Walls and Gates of Peking. A few of the photographs are earlier. A truly exceptional collection of photographic images and an important, if not the prime, photographic resource on the Xi'an area at the time. All text in Japanese. Extremely rare.
To assist with examination of the plates, we have done an English translation listing the numbered plates.
Rubbing to the leather spine of the text volume and some rubbing to the edges. The board portfolio of plates with some wear and loss to paper flaps. Internally fine.
Subjects: Archaeology Xian
Available, as of: 13/03/2021
Was item 37 in printed List 200.
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