Gaozong (the Qianlong Emperor): YUZHI YUANMINGYUAN SISHI JING SHI. (Imperially-Commissioned Poems and Illustrations of Forty Views of Yuanming Yuan). Zhonghua Zaizao Shanben. Beijing, 2003. Vol. I: 78 folded leaves plus 20 b/w foldout w/block illustrations; Vol. II: 50 folded leaves plus 20 b/w foldout w/block illustrations. 2 vols. 33x25 cm. Stitched, cloth case.
A fine facsimile of the famous woodblock-printed work on views at the Yuanming Yuan (The Garden of Perfect Brightness outside Peking) and accompanying poems of appreciation commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor and printed at Wuying Dian in the Forbidden City. The facsimile is taken from the copy of the work held in the National Library of China. Whilst the forty foldout woodblock illustrations are black-and-white, the text is an example of taoyin printing, black woodblock-printed text with colour highlighting in red. A pleasing work reflecting the peak of the glory of the Yuanming Yuan. In Chinese. Published in 2003 and now becoming difficult to obtain.
Subjects: Gardens Illustrated Books
Available, as of: 20/05/2019
Was item 318 in printed List 195.
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