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Asian Treasures: Gems of the Written Word

Author:   Gosling, Andrew
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9780642277220


Pages:   124
Publication Date:   01 July 2011
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Asian Treasures provides a fascinating glimpse into the remarkable items that the National Library of Australia has acquired from the Asian region. Showcasing Asian writing, printing and books of beauty and historical significance, Asian Treasures captures the flavour of Asian print and design. From Persian manuscripts and handmade Japanese papers, to Chinese maps printed on silk and thirteenth-century woodblock prints, this publication explores a multitude of individual, yet connected, writing traditions.

How did a twelfth-century Buddhist sutra inspire the fictional Monkey TV series, loved by generations of modern children? Who really invented movable type? What were the origins of the manga Japanese comic book tradition? All these questions and more are answered by this careful selection of beautiful and scholarly treasures from the Library collections.
The narrative of this collection of treasures highlights the interrelationship of religion, war and trade with the development and transmission of different scripts and alphabets, technologies, writing forms and geographical knowledge, all accompanied by beautiful colour illustrations.

Andrew Gosling spent 30 years on the staff of the National Library of Australia. After serving as the Library’s Indonesian Acquisitions Librarian based in Jakarta, he was Chief Librarian, Asian Collections, from 1985 to 2003. He has also written Jessie’s Korea: Guide to the McLaren-Human Collection in the National Library of Australia (2007).

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Author:   Gosling, Andrew
ISBN:  

9780642277220


Pages:   124
Publication Date:   01 July 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
This item is in stock and will be dispatched immediately.

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"Engagingly written and beautifully illustrated, this introduction to the depth, diversity abd beauty of the Asian collections held at the library is an elegant and inspiring book...I highly recommend this treasure of a book, both for personal libraries and as a wonderful present."

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D. Walker, 2011-12-08 10:50
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John Thwaites, 2011-12-08 10:47
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Fine book, beautifully put together.


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Pauline Haldane, 2011-12-08 10:42
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Succinct and highly readable. Marvellous pictures.


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