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Synopsis: Liang Ssu-ch'eng (1901-1972) was a pioneer in the scientific study of Chinese architectural history. He virtually created this field in China, and most of its current practitioners are his students. The book, which he wrote in English for a Western public and originally intended to publish in the 1940s, provides a rare record and analysis of temples, pagodas, tombs, bridges, and imperial palaces that are China's architectural heritage. It is a record that could not be duplicated today because a number of the structures have since been altered or demolished.
With his co-workers, Liang combed the countryside for ancient buildings which he photographed with his Leica camera and recorded in large, detailed architectural drawings of plans, elevations, and cross-sections. These drawings are a text in themselves. Bearing captions in Chinese and English, they teach fundamental lessons about the anatomy of Chinese structures.
Liang's account covers the origin of Chinese architecture and its two surviving basic handbooks from the 12th and 18th centuries; architecture of the pre-Buddhist period; cave temples; buildings in wood traced through several periods of stylistic development from c. 850 to 1911; Buddhist pagodas (most of the surviving pagodas are masonry structures) from simple square plans to those that are multi-storied and eaved; and other masonry structures such as tombs, vaulted buildings, bridges; terraces; and gateways.
For most of his life, Liang Ssu-ch'eng lived in China, but as a young man he received his architectural training at the University of Pennsylvania. Wilma and John K. Fairbank first met him in China in 1932. During his last visit to the United States, in 1947 as a Visiting Professor at Yale, Mrs. Fairbank agreed to edit his manuscript and to help him find an American publisher. However, a combination of political and personal circumstances, compounded by the loss of the original drawings and photographs (they were only rediscovered in 1980) made publication of this unusual project impossible until now.
Title: A Pictorial History of Chinese Architecture:...
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: 1984
Book Condition: Good
Book Description The MIT Press June 1984, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good-. used hardcover WITHOUT JACKET. Boards slightly scuffed from normal use. No serious flaws or marks to text. Binding remains both clean and strong. Bookseller Inventory # 1046759
Book Description The MIT Press 1984-06-19, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: good. 0262121034. Bookseller Inventory # 570907
Book Description MIT Press, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used; Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. This book is in good condition but will show signs of previous ownership. Please expect some creasing to the spine and/or minor damage to the cover. Bookseller Inventory # CHL2151266
Book Description The MIT Press, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Hardcover, 12 1/4" x 11". Jacket has been corner clipped. Previous owner's stamp on the front and back inside endpaper, otherwise a fine copy. 201 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 005005
Book Description MIT Press, 1984. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. 201pp. Index. Glossary. Filled with b/w photos and illustrations. Architectural drawings. Former owner's name in tiny letters at top corner of front free endpaper. DJ spine is sunned. Selling online since 1999. Quick shipping; Secure packing; Free tracking! This is a large book and will require additional postage for International shipments. Bookseller Inventory # 050670
Book Description The MIT Press, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020262121034
Book Description MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: near fine. First edition. Oblong folio. 198pp. plus index. Profusely illustrated from b&w photographs, drawings and plans. Hint of fading to top edge of black cloth. Bookseller Inventory # 10718
Book Description The MIT Press, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Like New. Almost new condition. Bookseller Inventory # P010262121034
Book Description The MIT Press, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110262121034
Book Description The MIT Press, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0262121034