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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122251664756 Wonders of Man: The Taj Mahal by David Carroll and the Editors of the Newsweek Book Division. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 172 pages. Publisher: Newsweek; (1972). A white jewel enclosed in a frame of dark cypresses, the Taj Mahal seems to float over the hot, flat Indian plain. Its distinctive silhouette, mirrored in the placid surface of a long reflecting pool, is instantly identifiable, for the shimmering tomb is one of the most frequently photographed structures in the world. Built by the seventeenth century Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the tomb complex survives as an enduring testament to their devotion for one another. Mumtaz Mahal, the highborn beauty who bore her husband fourteen children during the nineteen years of their marriage, and who died in 1631 giving birth to the last, lies in a white marble sarcophagus at the very heart of the tomb. Her adoring husband, who ended his years as the prisoner of his usurper-son, Aurangzeb, is buried alongside his queen. The Mogul Dynasty, founded only a century earlier, did not long survive the deaths of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. However the “white jewel” created to commemorate their love has endured invasions, usurpations, and the bold depredations of latter-day souvenir hunters. It stands today as an exquisitely wrought memorial both to the love match that gave it life and the artisans who gave it shape. Its exterior and interior surfaces are entirely covered with inlaid designs executed in some thirty-five varieties of semi-precious stones. Its portals are framed by intricate calligraphic inscriptions. And its formal gardens are a triumph of the landscape architect’s craft. Some 120 illustrations, nearly one-half i9n full color, supplement this compelling history of the Mogul Dynasty. Manuscript illuminations, objets d’art, maps, dynasty charts, and modern photographs taken by the author complement the text. A special section, “The Taj Mahal in Literature”, assembles excerpts from the works of Edwin Arnold, Rudyard Kipling, Aldous Huxley, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others who recorded their impressions of the renowned memorial. A reference section, including a chronology, a guide to other Mogul monuments, and a bibliography concludes the volume. CONDITION: Light shelf wear, otherwise in Very Good to Like New condition. Seemingly never read or at worse, lightly leafed through. Pages are pristine; clean, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. The Mughal Emperor Sh?h Jah?n commissioned it as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Construction began in 1632 and was completed in 1648. Some dispute surrounds the question of who designed the Taj; it is clear a team of designers and craftsmen were responsible for the design, with Ustad Isa considered the most likely candidate as the principal designer. The Taj Mahal is generally considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements of Persian and Indian. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar part of the monument, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 when it was described as a "universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage". David Carroll, author of “The Taj Mahal”, is a former curator of the Royal Katmandu Museum in Nepal. During his extensive travels in India, in the course of which he gathered much of the illustrative material for this volume, he helped produce a major television documentary on the Taj. “The Taj Mahal” is one in a series of volumes in the Newsweek Book Division’s series of illustrated histories, “Wonders of Man”. Each volume in the series focuses on a well-known historical monument. Each volume is divided into three major sections. First, a lively and informative history of both the monument and its creators, written by a distinguished and authoritative writers, profusely illustrated on color and black and white. Second, a selection of literary excerpts about the monument. Third, a comprehensive reference section. Other titles in the series include: “The Parthenon”, “Tower of London”, “The Colosseum”, “Statute of Liberty”, “The Pyramids and Sphinx”, “El Escorial”, “Notre-Dame de Paris”, “The Kremlin”, “Hagia Sophia”, “Versailles”, “The White House”, “The Forbidden City”, “Dome of the Rock”, “Venice”, and “Teotihuacan”. Contents of this volume include: Introduction. The Taj Mahal in History. Chosen One of the Palace. New Rulers for India. Monument to a Lasting Love. At the Great Mogul's Court. A Visit to the Taj. Dynasty in Decline. The British Raj. The Taj Mahal in Literature. Chronology of Indian History. Bibliography. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: Built by the seventeenth-century Mogul emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. A volume in Newsweek's series “Wonders of Man”. This book is divided into three major sections, detailing the building of the monument, a selection of literary excerpts, and a comprehensive reference section. Includes an Index. A stunning visual feat. An informative and educational read. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: An excellent gift! Wonderful photographs and illustrations tell the history of the Taj Mahal. Textual and pictorial history of the Taj Mahal, this book is part of Newsweek's Wonders of Man series. Presents a lively and informative history of the monument, a selection of literary excerpts about the monument, along with a comprehensive reference section. Splendidly illustrated, well-written, in a high-quality, “coffee-table” style format. This book is both art in itself, as well as a history. Highly recommended. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Material: The Taj Mahal

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