Wonders of Man: The Taj Mahal by David Carroll and the Editors of the Newsweek Book Division.
DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 172 pages. Publisher: Newsweek; (1972). A white jewel enclosed in a frame of dark cypresses, the Taj Mahal seems to float over the hot, flat Indian plain. Its distinctive silhouette, mirrored in the placid surface of a long reflecting pool, is instantly identifiable, for the shimmering tomb is one of the most frequently photographed structures in the world. Built by the seventeenth century Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the tomb complex survives as an enduring testament to their devotion for one another.
Mumtaz Mahal, the highborn beauty who bore her husband fourteen children during the nineteen years of their marriage, and who died in 1631 giving birth to the last, lies in a white marble sarcophagus at the very heart of the tomb. Her adoring husband, who ended his years as the prisoner of his usurper-son, Aurangzeb, is buried alongside his queen. The Mogul Dynasty, founded only a century earlier, did not long survive the deaths of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. However the “white jewel” created to commemorate their love has endured invasions, usurpations, and the bold depredations of latter-day souvenir hunters.
It stands today as an exquisitely wrought memorial both to the love match that gave it life and the artisans who gave it shape. Its exterior and interior surfaces are entirely covered with inlaid designs executed in some thirty-five varieties of semi-precious stones. Its portals are framed by intricate calligraphic inscriptions. And its formal gardens are a triumph of the landscape architect’s craft. Some 120 illustrations, nearly one-half i9n full color, supplement this compelling history of the Mogul Dynasty.
Manuscript illuminations, objets d’art, maps, dynasty charts, and modern photographs taken by the author complement the text. A special section, “The Taj Mahal in Literature”, assembles excerpts from the works of Edwin Arnold, Rudyard Kipling, Aldous Huxley, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others who recorded their impressions of the renowned memorial. A reference section, including a chronology, a guide to other Mogul monuments, and a bibliography concludes the volume.
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REVIEW: The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India. The Mughal Emperor Sh?h Jah?n commissioned it as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Construction began in 1632 and was completed in 1648. Some dispute surrounds the question of who designed the Taj; it is clear a team of designers and craftsmen were responsible for the design, with Ustad Isa considered the most likely candidate as the principal designer.
The Taj Mahal is generally considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements of Persian and Indian. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar part of the monument, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 when it was described as a "universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage".
David Carroll, author of “The Taj Mahal”, is a former curator of the Royal Katmandu Museum in Nepal. During his extensive travels in India, in the course of which he gathered much of the illustrative material for this volume, he helped produce a major television documentary on the Taj.
“The Taj Mahal” is one in a series of volumes in the Newsweek Book Division’s 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, written by a distinguished and authoritative writers, 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: “The Parthenon”, “Tower of London”, “The Colosseum”, “Statute of Liberty”, “The Pyramids and Sphinx”, “El Escorial”, “Notre-Dame de Paris”, “The Kremlin”, “Hagia Sophia”, “Versailles”, “The White House”, “The Forbidden City”, “Dome of the Rock”, “Venice”, and “Teotihuacan”. Contents of this volume include: Introduction. The Taj Mahal in History. Chosen One of the Palace. New Rulers for India. Monument to a Lasting Love. At the Great Mogul's Court. A Visit to the Taj. Dynasty in Decline. The British Raj. The Taj Mahal in Literature. Chronology of Indian History. Bibliography.
REVIEW: Built by the seventeenth-century Mogul emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. A volume in Newsweek's series “Wonders of Man”. This book is divided into three major sections, detailing the building of the monument, a selection of literary excerpts, and a comprehensive reference section. Includes an Index. A stunning visual feat. An informative and educational read.
REVIEW: An excellent gift! Wonderful photographs and illustrations tell the history of the Taj Mahal. Textual and pictorial history of the Taj Mahal, this book is part of Newsweek's Wonders of Man series. Presents a lively and informative history of the monument, a selection of literary excerpts about the monument, along with a comprehensive reference section. Splendidly illustrated, well-written, in a high-quality, “coffee-table” style format. This book is both art in itself, as well as a history. Highly recommended.
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