Title: PEOPLES OF THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE - Rare Fine ...
Publisher: London, England: Thames And Hudson, 1984
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 300 pages. Published in 1984. Landmark pioneering monograph on subject. One of the finest books on the ethnic art of the tribes in the fabled Golden Triangle. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the much more common Softcover Edition and the 1994 Edition. There is no American Edition. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by The Editors of Thames And Hudson: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Cloth boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Text by Paul Lewis and Elaine Lewis. Photographs by various contributors. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents "People of The Golden Triangle". The art of the so-called "hill tribes" based around the Golden Triangle, the mountainous border between Laos, Burma, and Thailand that is otherwise better-known for its vibrant (and unstoppable) drug trade as well as the long-standing and noble Resistance Movement of the hill tribes themselves against the despotic Burmese Government. Each of the six tribes has its own rich, ancient, and given their nomadic way of life, incredibly beautiful legacy. It is precisely because they have moved around a great deal in the area (and have minimal interaction with one another) that the arts of the tribes are virtually intact, well-preserved, and very different from one another despite their geographical proximity. The oldest and finest pieces are now in major museums' Permanent Collections in Japan, Europe, and the United States as well as in private hands. The art of the Karen and the Hmong peoples are justly celebrated, but those of the smaller tribes are no less impressive for their exquisite craftsmanship and beauty. There have been newer and quite outstanding monographs on the subject, but the pioneering effort of the Lewis missionary couple remains a touchstone for all lovers and collectors of this inexhuastibly interesting region's vanishing cultures. An absolute "must-have" title for Asian ethnic art collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs of the peoples and their arts. 700 color plates. A fine copy. ISBN 0500973148. Bookseller Inventory # 14511
Synopsis: This mysterious region is inhabited by six culturally distinct peoples who struggle to maintain their beliefs, customs, and ways of life.
From the Inside Flap: For centuries the mysterious region of Southeast Asia known as the Golden Triangle has exerted a powerful hold over the Western imagination. Today it continues to figure prominently in world news as a focal point for tales of the infamous traffic in opium and heroin. Yet this fascinating area is also of considerable interest for a different reason: within it live six culturally distinct people--the Karen, Hmong, Mien, Lahu, Akha and Lisu--struggling in a hostile environment to maintain the integrity of their beliefs, customs, and way of life against all the pressures of the rapidly changing society around them. Paul and Elaine Lewis lived and worked with the tribes of Northern Thailand for many years. The results of their experience and research have been gathered in this book, along with more than 700 photographs--almost all of them in color. Here we see not merely the demanding landscape in which these peoples live, but their ceremonies and rituals, their clothing and ornamentation, their houses and villages and the impressive skills which they exhibit in such crafts as jewelry, textiles, and basketmaking.
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