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Author Name    Grünwedel, Albert

Title   Alt-Kutscha, archäologische und religionsgeschichtliche Forschungen an Tempera-Gemälden aus buddhistischen Höhlen der ersten acht Jahrhunderte nach Christi Geburt

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Very Good Plus

Type   Limited Edition

Edition   First German Edition

Size   Folio - over 12" - 15" tall

Publisher   Berlin, Germany Otto Elsener 1920

Seller ID   007410

Dies ist nicht eine zweisprachige Ausgabe. Text in Deutsch, nicht in Englisch. Erste Ausgabe. This is not a bilingual edition. Text in German only, not in English. Subtitle is, Veröffentlichung der Preussischen Turfan-expeditionen mit unterstützung des Bässler-instituts. [Publication of the Prussian Turfan Expeditions underwritten by the Bässler Institute.] First edition. Printed and bound in Germany. Text volume plus unbound plates plus custom box. This is copy no. 247 from a limited edition of 400 copies only. Size of book is 38 x 28 cm. (15 x 11 inches). Oxford blue buckram spine with oxford blue paper over semi-stiff boards, the front board with crisp gilt-stamped rules and titling. Some wear along the edges and abrading at the moderately bumped corners but overall a clean and sturdy binding. Text block firmly bound in. Front FEP with a horizontal semi-crease, a minor cosmetic issue. Author preface dated October 25, 1920. With 89 numbered pages for chapter one, Einleitung [Introduction], 118 for chapter two, Pfauenhöhle [Peacock Cave], and 6 unnumbered pages of index. Text in double columns. Text volume with 173 B&W figures, including tipped-in plates. Also included are 5 double-page B&W plates on thick stock. The text volume is exceptionally clean. In addition to the text volume there are 49 unbound full-color plates, as called for. Thus no missing plates. 48 of the plates are double-page, i.e, two plates each on 24 double-size, folded sheets. All phototype plates printed by Albert Frisch. Size of plates, in single-size dimensions, is 38 x 27 cm. (15 x 10.75 inches). The plates are exceptionally clean. All in all an impressively clean and attractive copy, very gently read and respectfully stored. In a brand new custom-made, heavy-duty box with inset tray, the box adapting parts of the original portfolio. The exterior of the box lined with a handsome saffron cloth backed on to which is the decorative cloth from the original portfolio as well as the goat-skin [?] spine label from that portfolio. The interior of the box lined with a heavy-weight marbled paper in shades of bronze, gold and charcoal, and with custom cut-away on the left side, i.e., the spine side, for gentle removal of the tray contents. The box is pristine. A Very Good Plus volume with Near Fine plates in a Fine box. Rare in any condition. The topic of this book is archaeological and historical research on religious paintings from the first eight centuries after Christ's birth and found in Buddhist caves in the vicinity of Kucha. Albert Grünwedel [1856-1935] was a German indologist, tibetologist, archaeologist, and explorer of Central Asia. With thanks to the Brill Humanities lectures on Dunhuang for portions of the following: The so-called Turfan expeditions made by the Germans in the first quarter of the 20th century were not in fact limited to Turfan but also encompassed Kucha, Kharashahr and Maral-Bashi. During the Han-Tang period Kucha was a large Silk Road kingdom but culturally part of the region where the Tocharian languages were in use. In this region, in addition to Buddhist monastery sites also seen in Khotan, a large number of Buddhist cave temples were preserved. Specifically, the Kizil caves are located northwest of Kucha. Most caves there are dated from the 3rd to 9th centuries. The multitude of Buddhist wall paintings that survived in these caves are an important source for the study of Buddhist art on the Northern Route. The Tocharian B dialect used in Kucha survived in both Buddhist scriptures and secular documents, which remain a major source for the study of the Kucha kingdom around the 7th century.

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