Newsweek "Wonders of Man Kyoto" Ancient Japan Capital Art Shrines Castles Villas

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,749) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123483714204 Wonders of Man: Kyoto by Edwin Bayrd and the Editors of the Newsweek Book Division. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with Dust Jacket: 172 pages. Publisher: Newsweek Book Division; (1974). Size: 11½ x 9¼ inches; 2¼ pounds. A thousand years of imperial history have left their indelible imprint upon Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. Sprawling palaces, imposing Buddhist temples, and quaint Shinto shrines can be found in every quarter of the city. And nearby are verdant imperial villas, magnificent baronial castles, serene poolside pavilions, and austere mountain nunneries. Kyoto’s two thousand official attractions range from the country’s tallest pagoda to its smallest rock garden. Capital of Japan for half the archipelago’s recorded history, Kyoto occupies a unique place in the nation’s political and cultural affairs. Even after the emperor himself moved east to Tokyo in 1869, Kyoto remained the religious and aesthetic center of Japan. Spared devastation in World war II, the former imperial seat has become a major tourist attraction; one of the world’s truly unforgettable cities. The ancient city’s imperial epoch, which began in 794 A.D. and lasted for more than a thousand turbulent years, was to witness the emergence of a vital and independent new civilization that could be ranked among the most refined and elegant in the world. The process was a protracted and often painful one, marked by bitter civil wars and complex dynastic feuds. And each phase set its impress upon the face of Kyoto. In wood and stone, tile and thatch, we can therefore chronicle a remarkable city’s unending accommodation to the vagaries of time and fortune. Those engrossing story of Kyoto’s golden age and gilded decline is supplement by some 115 illustrations, nearly one-half in full color. Neolithic pottery, delicately tinted scroll paintings, vibrantly colored folding screens, elegant wood-block prints, and detailed new maps and diagrams are juxtaposed with stunning modern photographs, a number of which were take especially for this volume. A special section, “Kyoto in Literature”, features descriptions of the former imperial capital written by Westerners and Japanese alike. The latter group includes excerpts from the works of twelfth-century noblewoman Sei Shonagon and twentieth-century novelist Yukio Mishima. A reference section, including a chronology of Japanese history, a guide to modern Kyoto, a selected bibliography, and a full index completes the volumes. 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! #1912. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Edwin Bayrd, the author of “Kyoto”, is a New York-based writer and editor who toured Japan during the preparation of “Kyoto”, visiting each of the historical sites that is mentioned in detail in the narrative. “Kyoto” is one volume in the Newsweek 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, 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: “Tower of London”, “The Colosseum”, “Statute of Liberty”, “The Pyramids and Sphinx”, “El Escorial”, “Notre-Dame de Paris”, “The Kremlin”, “Hagia Sophia”, “Versailles”, “Dome of the Rock”, “The White House”, “The Forbidden City”, “The Taj Mahal”, “Venice”, The Parthenon”, and “Teotihuacan”. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: The architecture, art and artifacts of Japan's ancient capital. A comprehensive look at Japan's old capital with black and white and many color illustrations depicting art and architecture. 172 pages including a Chronology of Japanese History, Kyoto in Literature, A Guide to Japan's Ancient Capital, bibliography and Index. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Story of Kyoto's golden age in Japan's history. This ancient city's thousand year imperial history, which began in A.D. 794 left an indelible imprint upon Japan. A marvelous historical edition. REVIEW: Handsome deluxe edition in brown leatherette featuring history, literature, and art of Kyoto, Japan. Many color photos depicting Kyoto's golden age of art, and the gilded age of decline. The pictures are superb. The narrative compelling and educational. 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. 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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." Condition: VERY GOOD to LIKE NEW. See detailed condition description below., Format: Oversized hardcover with dustjacket, Length: 172 pages, Dimensions: 11½ x 9¼ inches; 2¼ pounds, Material: Paper, California Prop 65 Warning: Please do not eat the book., Provenance: Ancient Japan, Publisher: Newsweek (1974), Title: Wonders of Man: Kyoto

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