The Royal Buildings and Buddhist Monasteries of Nepal. A Report on the Historic Buildings of the Kingdom of Nepal
Miyashiro: Nippon Institute of Technology, Research Mission, 1985. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. (6)pp., 44 plates, (8) 154 (4)pp., 19 architectural plans and drawings, 2 of them folding. Original orange cloth with black lettering on cover and spine in original glassine dustjacket, housed in publisher's card box with green printed labels.
"The objective of the present survey was twofold: to acquire some understanding of the palaces in the mountains of Nuwakot and to make a study of the Buddhist monasteries in the cities. The reason for our choice of subject was that we consider it likely that the architectural structure of the urban palaces has its origin in that of the monasteries and we recognized a need to follow up the relationship between the monasteries and the manner in which the palaces evolved. Moreover, bearing in mind the ancient style of the monasteries and the fact that they are partially in their original state, we consider such a survey indispensable to the study of the architecture of Nepal from a historical standpoint. While documented research on the subject of Nepalese architecture has increased in recent years, we feel that there is no work dealing with the historical changes in the architectural styles to be found in the country." (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 nineteen plates, two of them folding, with architectural plans and drawings. Text in English and Japanese. Glassine dustjacket with light wear along edges and some creasing; two words inked to back. 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 #45771