The Royal Buildings in Nepal. A Report on the Old Royal Palaces of the Kingdom of Nepal
Miyashiro: Nippon Institute of Technology, Research Mission, 1981. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. (6)pp., 44 plates, (4) 120 (4)pp., 24 architectural plans and drawings, 6 of them folding. Original orange cloth with black lettering on cover and spine in original glassine dustjacket, housed in publisher's card box with printed orange labels.
"situated geographically between India and Tibet, Nepal is the meeting point of both Indian and Chinese cultures. While generally Indian culture may be said to dominate, the fact that the country also has a long history of intercultural exchange with Tibet cannot be overlooked. In the three cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhadgaon which are located in the Kathmandu Valley, it is possible to see many examples of medieval architecture preserved in ordinary structures in the streets of the towns, but it is Darbar (the palaces) with their pagoda-style temples towering above all else, that best perpetuate the traditional style of architecture of dwelling place and temple." (Preface). Beautifully illustrated with in-text b/w reproductions of photographs, drawings and tables, forty plates of color and b/w photographs, up to five on each plate, depicting the unique style of architecture, and twenty-four plates, six of them folding, with architectural plans and drawings. Laid in two original color photographs (3 x 4") of street life in Patan. Text in English and Japanese. Glassine dustjacket with light wear along edges and some creasing. Binding with very light wear along edges. Glassine jacket in good, card box, binding and interior in overall near fine condition. g to near fine. Item #45770