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Dust jacket notes: "The garden is central to Islamic culture in a way that has no counterpart in the West. A place for relaxation and enjoyment, it is at the same time endowed with spiritual and symbolic qualities of almost infinite subtlety. At its heart is water, the element of life: at rest or in movement, calm or disturbed, free or closely confined, tumbling downwards in a cascade or thrown sparkling into the air from a fountain. Jonas Lehrman has travelled widely throughout the Islamic world, gaining personal experience of every site, often by repeated visits. In the first two chapters he analyzes the courtyard and garden in terms of history, climate, physical setting, design and meaning. The other four chapters are regional. Although Arabia and the Middle East are the Islamic heartlands, gardens have survived best on the periphery - at Granada, Cordova, Cairo, Istanbul, Isfahan, Shiraz, Delhi, Agra and Kashmir. Each is fully described and illustrated, with many annotated plans, and at the end of the book are a horticultural note, a glossary and a bibliography. Mr. Lehrman's photographs of the gardens have a rare quality of communicating their organized but fragile beauty. We see them as they are today, and in a brief epilogue he examines their place in the modern world, and the values that they can still hold for us. At the most immediate level, the book offers a possibility of renewing our own Western garden tradition in an exciting way. The courtyards and gardens of Islam are miniature worlds - enclosed, often small in scale, relying on careful design and studied effect more than on size and grandeur: they are full of lessons that the private gardener can usefully learn. With 258 illustrations, 15 in color, and 49 plans."
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Book Description Thames & Hudson Ltd. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 0500012369 Thames and Hudson, 1980. Hard cover, first edition. VG condition in dust jacket which has a faded spine but is otherwise VG. Seller Inventory # SKU1058240
Book Description Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1980. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0500012369
Book Description Thames & Hudson Ltd, London, 1980. Publishers Cloth. Condition: Very Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus. Book measures 28 x 22 cm. 240pp, illustrated throughout. Bound in original publishers fawn cloth, with title lettering Binding in very good clean firm condition. Dust jacket in very good clean condition. Internally, pages clean throughout. A very nice clean copy. Size: Quarter. Seller Inventory # 098518
Book Description Thames and Hudson. Condition: Good. Ex-library, so some stamps and wear, but in good overall condition. Seller Inventory # Z1-F-076-00140
Book Description Thames & Hudson Ltd, 1980. Hardback. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Please note this is a heavy item and will incur extra shipping charges.; D/jkt slightly marked, sunned spine. Brown cloth boards, gold gilt bright, corners sharp. Text clean, no ownership markings, binding tight, b&w and colour photographs. Owner's name appears inside front board.; 28 x 22 x 3 cm; 232 pages. Seller Inventory # 34392
Book Description Thames and Hudson, 1980. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. hardback, 4to, a very good copy in a lightly rubbed and part faded dust wrapper, col'd plates, b&w plates & plans, 240pp. Seller Inventory # 177853
Book Description Thames and Hudson, 1980. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. hardback, 4to, a near fine copy in a very good dust wrapper that is lightly faded to spine, col'd plates, b&w plates & plans, 240pp. Seller Inventory # 175867
Book Description London: Thames and Hudson, 1980. 275x215mm 240pp with 258 illustrations, 15 in colour, and 49 plans.Cloth, fine in dustwrapper sunned on spine and some edges. Seller Inventory # 5787