Time Life Great Ages of Man Early Japan Shogun Samurai Ancient Medieval Heian

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,751) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382151705101 Time-Life Great Ages of Man Series – Early Japan. 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. Pages are pristine; clean, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover: 191 pages. Publisher: Time-Life Books Inc.; (1968). The “Great Ages of Man” series was released in the mid-1960’s. Each volume undertakes to describe the major events that happened in one specific time period (or “age”) in the development of mankind’s civilization(s). The volumes are richly illustrated, and designed as an introduction to the time frame covered. Especially compelling are the artists interpretations or recreations of what various ancient civilizations would have looked like – their architecture, homes, monuments, cities, daily life, jewelry, food, family life, dwellings, occupations, etc. As just one instance, the ruins of Babylon and Ur, Athens and Rome hint at the incredible richness of those fabled cities. The artist’s recreations in this series are simply mind-numbing. This is as close as you can be to actually having been there. Equally noteworthy are the photographic collections of artifacts and relics attributed to the specific age, really exceptional. The entire series is truly a magnificent introduction to the history of the era. If you could have just one book (or series of books) to introduce the history of humankind, this would have to be it. The overviews are concise and well-written. Together with the illustration and pictures they impart a wonderful mental and emotional “picture” of what life must have been like in various civilizations and at various times. Done in a style so wonderfully characteristic of Time-Life’s publications, these are over-sized “coffee table” type books full of impressive imagery. The pictures of the world’s greatest art and architecture alone are worth the cost of these books. But don’t get the impression that these volumes are “fluff”. While a particular volume might not quite take the place as a university degree, the material is well-written, This particular volume is entitled “Early Japan”. The contents include: CHAPTER ONE: A Country of Contradictions. [Picture Essay: A Venerated Land. A View of Early Japan (700-1700 A.D.) Protector or Destroyer: A Sea that Holds the Islands’ Fate. The Beauty and Bounty of a Well-Watered Countryside. Temples and Shrines that Reflect a Unique Reverence for Nature. Mount Fuji: A Serene Volcano: Graceful Symbol of a Nation’s Ideal.]. Japanese Esthetics: A Distinctive Sword Guard. Royal Burials: Hollow-Eyed Clay Figurines. A Seventh Century Nosey Caricature (from the Golden Hall at Horyuji). Geomancy: Ancient Chinese Divination (An Evil-Proof Plan). CHAPTER TWO: The Elegant Society. [Picture Essay: Tales of Courtly Love. Twelfth Century Calligraphy. Prince Genji. A Ruinous Love Affair that Led to Misery. A Birthday Ceremony Tinged with Irony. Karou: “Fragrant Captain” and a Young Coquette. Sweet Music to Captivate a Troubled Heart. A Diplomatic Game of “Go” to Win a Princess’ Hand.]. A Fierce Protector: A Twelfth Century Wooden Tomb Guardian (Statuette). The Master Quarters of the Fujiwara Family (Quarters for the Emperor). A Lofty Ninth Century Monastery at Mount Muro. CHAPTER THREE: Rise of the Samurai. [Picture Essay: The Way of the Warrior. A Man of War: The Armor-Clad Samurai. Underpinings: Basic Steps in Self-Defense (A Cotton Breechclout, A Short-Sleeved Kimono, Billowing Pantaloons, Sturdy Shinguards. Disposable Thigh Guards, Metal-Cased Sleeves, A Sheath for the Torso, Broad Shoulder Guards, An Iron Collar, A Cotton Skullcap, A Glowering Mask, A Visored Helment. An Exquisite Brocade.Multiu-Colored Stitching of a Braided Silk Armor Cord. Iron Rib Protection for the Head: The Helment. A Life-Long Condition of Battle Readiness. A Warlord’s Sleeve: Engraved, Gilded Armor from a Twelfth Century Minamoto. ] A Twelfth Century Painting of a Mounted Samurai: The Battle of the Taira and Minamoto Clans. A Thirteenth Century Map: A Feudal Estate (Owned by Two Samurai Brothers). Japan’s First Shogun: Minamoto Yoritomo (a Thirteenth Century Wooden Statuette). Japan’s Shifting Capital City: The Imperial Residence. CHAPTER FOUR: Monks and Men-At-Arms. Japanese Buddhism: A Twelfth-Century Healing Buddha. Testing A New Samurai Sword on a Criminal Cadaver. Zen Enlightenment: A Picture of the Unseeable. [Picture Essay: The World in a Garden. Islands of Rock in a Calm Sea of Sand: The Zen Buddhist Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto. In the Solemn Beauty of Sand Against Foliage, Gardens that Were Inspired by Zen Ink Paintings: The Garden of the Silver Pavilion in Kyoto. Clipped Azalea Bushes in a Seventeenth Century Sand Garden. The Hidden Symbolism of a Sacred Grove: Kyoto’s Saihoji Garden. The Teahouse Garden – A Retrea t from the World: Kyoto’s Ura-Senke. A Priest’s Studfy and a Garden to Refresh the Spirit: Kyoto’s Sixteenth Century Zen Diasenin Monastery. Scenic Wonders for Aristocratic Excursions]. CHAPTER FIVE: The Country at War. A Muromachi Mountain Landscape Painting. Tatami: Floor Mats in Koto’s Fifteenth Century Aristocratic Mansions. The Fine Art of Serving Tea. [Picture Essay: Designs for Living. Sliding Screens of Translucent Paper. Chopsticks. Festive Sweets. Hishaku: A Ceremonial Wooden Dipper. Chasen: Tea Whisks. Zori: Woven Slippers. Tatmi: Woven Interlocking Floor Mats. A Rustic Woven Raincape. A Collapsible Bamboo Parasol.] CHAPTER SIX: Through European Eyes. A Painted Screen of a Rice-Planting Ceremony. A Sixteenth-Century Japanese Painting of a Portuguese Ship. Fifth Century Japanese Building Techniques. [Picture Essay: A Poetic Slice of Life. A Monk: Poetical Competition Judge.. A Screen Depicting a Textile Worker. A Screen Depicting a Picture Framer. A Screen Depicting a Tree Peddler. A Screen Depicting a Basket Peddler. A Screen Depicting a Stone Mason. A Screen Depicting a Carpenter. A Screen Depicting a Brazier Seller. A Screen Depicting a Cooper (Barrel Maker). A Screen Depicting a Monkey Trainer. A Screen Depicting Dragon Parade Dancers and a Drummer.]. CHAPTER SEVEN: The Nation United. Sixteenth Century Military Leader/Great Unifier Hideyoshi. Militant Monks and the Temple at Honganji. The Portuguese in Asia 1510-1569. Christianity in Japan 1549-1640. [Picture Essay: A Feudal Lord’s Fortress of Beauty. White Heron Castle: An Impregnable Many-Roofed Tower. An Uphill Course to the Castle. Strongpoints to Repel the Enemy: Outer Works and Donjon Strongpoints. Secret Exits, An Iron-Plated Door. Musha Bashiri: A Hall to Arm the “Running Soldiers”. The Princess Apartment: Rooms for Pleasant Living in a Stronghold. Beneath Every Decoration, Iron Shields. The Ornate Tower that Stood for Feudalism. ]. CHAPTER EIGHT: A Closed Japan. European Missionaries; Jesuits, Franciscans – A Painting. Hideyoshi’s 17th Century Fan Map of Japanese Conquests in China and Korea. Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu; Unifiers of Japan (16th-17th Century). [Picture Essay: Kabuki – A Theatre of Escapism. The Strange Conventions of a Theatrical Convention Based on Music, Dancing, and Stylized Acting. Sukeroku: The Entrance of the Hero: An Impressive Display of Courage, Manly Grace, and Wild Bravado. The Heroine: Agemaki, a Courtesan Whose Beauty and Refinement have Won Her the Love of Sukeroku. Tomokirimaru: In a Tableau of Frozen Action, Dramatic Poses Designed to Draw Attention to a Significant Turn of Events. Sukeroku and Ikyu: The Formalized Violence of a Duel to the Death, a Conflict Conveyed in the Measured Sequence of Dance-Like Motions. The Closing Moments of the Play: The Hero’s Narrow Escape and Happy Reunion with His Brave Mistress.]. Early Japanese Civilization: Crossroad Civilizations Between East and West: India, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Western Exploration and Colonization. Chronology: A Listing of Significant Events in the History of Early Japan: Politics and Warefare – Arts and Religion. (Archaic – Early Historic – Nara – Heian – Kamakura – Ashikaga – Country at War – Tokugawa. 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: Paper, Pages: 191 pages

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