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(Japan) BUDDHIST TEMPLES OF NARA (Horyu-ji) 8 Volume Set in Original Boxes

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(Japan) BUDDHIST TEMPLES OF NARA (Horyu-ji) 8 Volume Set in Original Boxes

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(Japan) BUDDHIST TEMPLES OF NARA (Horyu-ji) 8 Volume Set in Original Boxes

285.00 395.00

(Author and photographers unknown). (JAPAN) Buddhist Temples of Nara - Horyu-ji (8 Volumes in original boxes). 1973-1975.

Unknown Edition, Presumed First. Eight hardcover volumes with dust jackets. 4to. Each volume measuring 10 x 13 inches. Bound in blue cloth over flexible boards with gilt titles to front. Text in Japanese. Each volume has aprroximately 50 pages of color and black and white plates (most are full page) with an additional 18-20 pages of explanatory text. Each volume originally issued with an English language supplement in the form of a two-sided sheet (laid in) showing photos with short captions. English sheet missing from volume 4 and volume 8. Each volume has a pictorial dust jacket. All volumes held in 2 original cardboard boxes (4 volumes in each) with descriptive Japanese text to front, back and spine. All volumes are in FINE CONDITION IN FINE DUST JACKETS. Boxes have very light edge wear but remain NEAR FINE. A very scarce collection.

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Part of the epic Buddhist Temples of Nara series which ran to 21 volumes (at the time of publication). This is the first eight volumes of the set (complete in themselves) which focusses on Horyu-ji temple whose full name is Hōryū Gakumonji or Learning Temple of the Flourishing Law, the complex serving as both a seminary and monastery. The temple's pagoda is widely acknowledged to be one of the oldest wooden buildings existing in the world, underscoring Hōryū-ji's place as one of the most celebrated temples in Japan. The photographs cover the architecture and temple styles of this area plus numerous staues and carvings found on site. A fantastic book production.