National Palace Museum: HU ZHI YOU DAO: GUJI ZHUANG HUANG TE ZHAN. The Dao of Book Protection: Special Exhibition on the Art of Traditional Chinese Book Binding and Decoration. Taibei, 2015. 311 pp. Colour plates throughout. 29x21 cm. Wrappers.
Catalogue of a sophisticated exhibition at the National Palace Museum in Taibei exploring the art, philosophy and practice of Chinese book binding and book binding decoration. In four sections: 1. 'Binding, Mounting and Decorating: Book Binding and Its Derivative Meaning in Different Times'. 2. 'Book Binding in Historical China since the Time of Bamboo and Wooden Slips'. 3. 'Attaining the Utmost Elegance: The Binding of Books of the Qing Imperial Libraries'. 4. 'Keeping It Plain but Majestic: Private Bibliophiles and Their Ideal of Book Binding'. Illustrated throughout with rare examples of books and manuscripts dating from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties showing numerous different types and styles of book binding, book covers and cases (tao). Also of much interest in that the content of each book is also described. Near dual texts in Chinese and English, the essays in Chinese only giving abstracts in English.
Subjects: Rare Books Bookbinding
Available, as of: 13/02/2017
Was item 432 in printed List 187.
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