Li Jie: LI MINGZHONG YINGZAO FASHI. (Manual on Architecture and Building Standards by Li Mingzhong). N.p., 1925. 4 volumes text, 2 volumes with b/w drawings and architectural plans, 2 volumes with illustrations of architectural decoration, many in beautiful colour. 8 vols. 33x22 cm. Stitched, cloth case.
GBP 8,000.00
Fine and sought-after facsimile of the key work on Chinese architecture and building standards first produced during the Song dynasty in 1103 by Li Jie (Li Mingzhong) with a further revised edition produced in 1145 by Wang Huan. Deals in a most thorough manner with all aspects of Chinese architecture from layout and construction, stonework and carpentry to labour, material and decoration of buildings. The Yingzao Fashi rapidly became the standard text on Chinese architecture and has remained influential ever since, particularly with regard to palace and temple construction. In 1919, the scholar-official, Zhu Qiqian, who had been in charge of restoration and renovation of the imperial palaces in Peking visited the Guoxue Library in Nanking and was shown a Song dynasty manuscript copy of the Yingzao Fashi. This copy (known as the Ting manuscript) was based on the revised 1145 edition. The original 1103 edition is only known in fragments and quotation. Fired with enthusiasm, Zhu had a photolithographic edition of the Ting manuscript made in 1919 and, in 1920, another reprint was made matching the size of the original work. In 1925 this fine facsimile with colour illustrations of architectural decoration was produced incorporating material relating to both the 1103 and 1145 editions compiled from a variety of sources. It was published by the famous bibliophile, Tao Xiang, owner of the Sheyuan Studio. A preface of appreciation by the scholar and connoisseur, Luo Zhenyu, is followed by an introduction by Zhu Qiqian. This 1925 edition is highly-regarded and sought after as it is viewed as being the reincarnation of a unique work that had, in effect, been lost. All text in Chinese. Rare.
Generally in fine condition. Red collector's seal to front page of each volume. Waterstaining to bottom of volume seven, not affecting printed area or illustrations. Some loose stitching to a number of volumes. Original case with some wear.
Subjects: Architecture
Item 449 in List 204.
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