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Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection (Hardcover First Edition 2012) by Kathryn H. Selig Brown

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Browsing Copy from Discontinued Book Shop Gold (Page) Edges have faded (Photo 2 Bottom) Faint cover / page yellowing and abrasion. Condition 7/10 Not for fussy buyers. The most comprehensive of its kind, this lavishly produced, oversize volume (Photo 1) features numerous illustrations of magnificent book covers from Tibet as well as several examples from other cultures. The volume tells the fascinating history of these objects, examines the materials from which they were carved, and traces stylistic influences from Kashmir, India, Nepal, and China. This elegant volume is the first comprehensive published study in English of the finely carved wooden covers designed to protect fragile Tibetan Buddhist texts. From the 11th through 14th centuries, Tibetan monks worked tirelessly to transcribe the life and teachings of the Buddha onto paper. Highly skilled craftsmen then covered these pages with wooden boards that had been elaborately and painstakingly carved, gilded, and painted. The MacLean Collection, based in Chicago, has significant holdings of these extremely rare and ornately decorated objects. The first and most comprehensive of its kind, this lavishly produced, oversize volume features numerous illustrations of magnificent book covers from Tibet as well as several examples from other cultures. The volume tells the fascinating history of these objects, examines the materials from which they were carved, and traces stylistic influences from Kashmir, India, Nepal, and China. Book Designers: Lorraine Wild, Xiaoqing Wang and Joe Potts, Green Dragon Office Kathryn Selig Brown, the author, tells us, ”For Tibetan Buddhists, books are a divine presence in which the Buddha lives and reveals himself, and they are venerated and handled with the utmost respect. …Book covers thus act as protectors and guardians of the Buddha, and the wondrously adorned covers provide a way for good-karmaseeking patrons to honor him.” On the cover of our book, we wanted to simulate the feel of the deeply carved wooden Tibetan book covers. We multi-level embossed a photo of one of the beautiful Tibetan covers and then inserted the photo into the cover. We gold gilded the edges of the book and placed the book into a saffron colored slipcase to remind us of the robes worn by the monks who spend their lives writing, carving and protecting these sacred manuscripts. Structural design by the Actualizers, binding and finishing by Roswell Bookbinding. Hardcover: 264 pages Publisher: Prestel 1st ed 2012 Language: English ISBN-10: 379134756X ISBN-13: 978-3791347561 Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.5 x 14 inches

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