Paris: Imprimerie Nationale; Ernest Leroux, Éditeur, 1909. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (10 3/4 x 7" (Text vol.); 11 x 7" (Plates vol.)). xx, 598pp (Text vol.); xvii, pp (booklet), cxiv (114) loose leaves (Plates), as issued (Plates vol.). Text volume bound in modern black cloth. with gold lettering to spine. Booklet and plates housed in a modern 11 1/2 x 7 3/4" grey cloth box retaining the original printed covers and title along spine.
This stunning set of archaeologist Henri Parmentier's "Inventaire Descriptif des Monuments Cams de l'Annam" (Descriptive inventory of the Cham monuments of Annam) describes the monuments of Champa, the treasures of its kings and reports on the results of excavations on the sites of the ancient cities of Champa.*
The text volume contains no less than 134 in-text and full-page figs.
The 114 plates contained in the Plates volume are full-page and folded b/w illustrations of plans, floor plans, drawings of ancient monuments, as well as seven folded color maps.
A large 17 1/2 x 25 1/2" folded color plan of Angkor Vat dated September 1930, after the 1909 plans by French Lieutenants Buat and Ducret, revised by Henri Parmentier.
Ex-library copy with sticker at upper front covers, sticker at tail of spines, and bookplate on inside of front covers. Original covers on box heavily foxed. Text and captions in French. Text volume: Binding and interior in very good condition; Plates volume: Box in good- to good, interior (booklet, map and plates) in very good condition. g to vg. Item #42910
* "Champa was an Indic civilization that flourished along the coasts of what is now central and southern Vietnam for roughly a thousand-year period between 500 and 1500 AD. The artistic legacy of Champa consists primarily of sandstone sculptures - both sculpture in the round and relief sculpture - and brick buildings. Some metal statues and decorative items have also survived. Much of the remaining art expresses religious themes, and though some pieces would have been purely decorative, others would have served important functions in the religious life of the Chams, which synthesized elements of Hinduism (especially Saivism), Buddhism and indigenous cults. This artistic legacy has been decimated by neglect, war, and vandalism. Much of the damage has been done in the 20th century. Some French scholars such as Henri Parmentier and Jean Boisselier were able to take photographs, create drawings, and pen descriptions of works which have been destroyed in the meantime." (From Wikipedia).