Wonders of Man: Kyoto by Edwin Bayrd and the Editors of the Newsweek Book Division.
DESCRIPTION: Hardback Leatherette with Dust Jacket: 172 pages. Publisher: Newsweek Book Division; (1974). A thousand years of imperial history have left their indelible imprint upon Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. Sprawling palaces, imposing Buddhist temples, and quaint Shinto shrines can be found in every quarter of the city. And nearby are verdant imperial villas, magnificent baronial castles, serene poolside pavilions, and austere mountain nunneries. Kyoto’s two thousand official attractions range from the country’s tallest pagoda to its smallest rock garden.
Capital of Japan for half the archipelago’s recorded history, Kyoto occupies a unique place in the nation’s political and cultural affairs. Even after the emperor himself moved east to Tokyo in 1869, Kyoto remained the religious and aesthetic center of Japan. Spared devastation in World war II, the former imperial seat has become a major tourist attraction; one of the world’s truly unforgettable cities.
The ancient city’s imperial epoch, which began in 794 A.D. and lasted for more than a thousand turbulent years, was to witness the emergence of a vital and independent new civilization that could be ranked among the most refined and elegant in the world. The process was a protracted and often painful one, marked by bitter civil wars and complex dynastic feuds. And each phase set its impress upon the face of Kyoto. In wood and stone, tile and thatch, we can therefore chronicle a remarkable city’s unending accommodation to the vagaries of time and fortune.
Those engrossing story of Kyoto’s golden age and gilded decline is supplement by some 115 illustrations, nearly one-half in full color. Neolithic pottery, delicately tinted scroll paintings, vibrantly colored folding screens, elegant wood-block prints, and detailed new maps and diagrams are juxtaposed with stunning modern photographs, a number of which were take especially for this volume.
A special section, “Kyoto in Literature”, features descriptions of the former imperial capital written by Westerners and Japanese alike. The latter group includes excerpts from the works of twelfth-century noblewoman Sei Shonagon and twentieth-century novelist Yukio Mishima. A reference section, including a chronology of Japanese history, a guide to modern Kyoto, a selected bibliography, and a full index completes the volumes.
CONDITION: Light shelf wear to Dust Jacket, brown spotting on top of closed pages, otherwise clean pages and in Very Good condition.
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REVIEW: Edwin Bayrd, the author of “Kyoto”, is a New York-based writer and editor who toured Japan during the preparation of “Kyoto”, visiting each of the historical sites that is mentioned in detail in the narrative. “Kyoto” is one volume in the Newsweek 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, 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: “Tower of London”, “The Colosseum”, “Statute of Liberty”, “The Pyramids and Sphinx”, “El Escorial”, “Notre-Dame de Paris”, “The Kremlin”, “Hagia Sophia”, “Versailles”, “Dome of the Rock”, “The White House”, “The Forbidden City”, “The Taj Mahal”, “Venice”, The Parthenon”, and “Teotihuacan”.
REVIEW: The architecture, art and artifacts of Japan's ancient capital. A comprehensive look at Japan's old capital with black and white and many color illustrations depicting art and architecture. 172 pages including a Chronology of Japanese History, Kyoto in Literature, A Guide to Japan's Ancient Capital, bibliography and Index.
REVIEW: Story of Kyoto's golden age in Japan's history. This ancient city's thousand year imperial history, which began in A.D. 794 left an indelible imprint upon Japan. A marvelous historical edition.
REVIEW: Handsome deluxe edition in brown leatherette featuring history, literature, and art of Kyoto, Japan. Many color photos depicting Kyoto's golden age of art, and the gilded age of decline. The pictures are superb. The narrative compelling and educational.
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