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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,752) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122391691629 Wonders of Man: The Forbidden City by Roderick MacFarquhar and The Editors of the Newsweek Book Division. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. CONDITION: Light shelf wear, otherwise in Very Good to Like New condition. Seemingly never read, at worst flipped through a few times. 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! DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 172 pages. Publisher: Newsweek; (1972). The cloistered splendor of “The Forbidden City” has intrigued and baffled Western visitors to Peking since the days of the illustrious Ming dynasty. Built by Emperor Yung Lo during the first decades of the seventeenth century, this labyrinthine complex of audience halls, servants' quarters, royal apartments, and interconnecting courtyards served the highly specialized needs of China's emperors and their enormous retinues for three centuries. The first imperial residence on the site of the Forbidden City was built in 1274 by Kublai Khan, the barbarian conqueror whose armies overran Asia and Europe. His palace was leveled by the conquering Ming less than a century after it had been built, but during those decades its magnificence was recorded in Marco Polo's extraordinary memoirs. Beautiful as Kublai's palace was, it was no match for the Ming palace that replaced it. Riding on slim columns of brilliantly lacquered wood, the golden roofs of the Forbidden City lifted gracefully bowed eaves above the sere North China plain. Here China's last emperors, the Ch'ing, or Manchus, lived in medieval luxury, cut off from their subjects and from the encroaching nineteenth-century world. Intractable, despotic, and intensely xenophobic, the Manchus clung to outmoded tradition in the face of continuing pressure from reform-minded citizens and trade-hungry Westerners. The result of their folly was a series of military humiliations that soon reduced the Chinese to vassalage in their own land, and led perhaps to the cataclysmic revolution of 1911. Only then we the gates of the once-forbidden palace opened to every Chinese citizen. The Forbidden City has remained a popular tourist attraction, and was on President Nixon’s itinerary during his visit to China in 1972. Nearly 150 illustrations, a third in full color, supplement and enhance this detailed history of Imperial Peking and its fabled palace complex. Delicately tinted scrolls, vibrantly colored pottery, handsome manuscript illustrations, and a number of specially commissioned diagrams, maps, and charts complements the text. A special section, “The Forbidden City in Literature” assembles excerpts from the works of Marco Polo, Nikos Kazantakis, Simone de Beauvoir, and P’u-yi, China’s last emperor. A reference section, including a chronology, guides to the Great Wall and other Chinese monuments, and a bibliography, concludes the volume. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: “The Forbidden City” 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”, “The Taj Mahal”, “The Colosseum”, “Statute of Liberty”, “The Pyramids and Sphinx”, “El Escorial”, “Notre-Dame de Paris”, “The Kremlin”, “Hagia Sophia”, “Versailles”, “The White House”, “The Tower of London”, “Dome of the Rock”, “Venice”, and “Teotihuacan”. Contents of this volume include: Introduction; The Forbidden City in History; A Kingdom Lost for Love; Behind the Great Wall; The Great Interior; Where Earth and Sky Meet; The Curse of the Yehe Woman; End of the Imperial Era; The Unforbidden City; The Forbidden City in Literature; Chronology of Chinese History; The Great Wall; Guide to Other Monuments of China; Selected Bibliography. Roderick MacFarquhar, author of “The Forbidden City”, is a former editor of “China Quarterly” and a frequent contributor to scholarly journals. His recent work, “China Under Mao” concentrates on contemporary Chinese history. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: 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, with archival treasures and cityscape on Peking, Beijing, the history and the Forbidden City complex, and in literature. A stunning visual feat. An informative and educational read. REVIEW: The incredible Forbidden City-first imperial residence built in 1274, for Kublai Khan, but was no match for the Ming Palace that replaced it. A marvelous historical edition, lavishly illustrated and attractive "coffee table" book. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This beautifully illustrated, full-color volume is focused on the early history of Peking, the first imperial residence built in 1274 by Kublai Khan. Marco Polo visited the fabulous palaces and recorded his travels whose excerpts are included here. Also included are other literary references about the city by Nikos Kazantzakis, Simone de Beauvoir, and P'u-yi, China's last emperor, as well as a reference section with chronology, a guide to the Great Wall and other important Chinese monuments. This is an attractive, informative volume; a nicely produced and useful illustrated history of Peking. REVIEW: An excellent gift! Wonderful photographs and illustrations tell the history of the ancient palace complex in Peking. Both textual and pictorial history, 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. 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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. 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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: Paper, Pages: 172 pages

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