THE TRAIL OF TIME Timekeeping With Incense in Asia
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Derby, CT 06418
THE TRAIL OF TIME: TIME MEASUREMENT WITH INCENSE IN EAST ASIA SHIH-CHIEN TI TSU-CHI by Silvio A. Bedini is an extensively illustrated book on all aspects of Asian time measurement with incense. Published by Cambridge University Press, Great Britain,1994. Hardcover; xxiii, 342 pages, 132 photographs and drawings; comprehensive appendices, including bibliography and glossary.
This book is a scholarly study of a virtually unknown aspect of the history of horology (timekeeping), compiled from Chinese and Japanese historical and literary records, some of which are translated and published here for the first time. This is the only full-length monograph devoted to the subject in a Western language, and as such, it has become the standard reference for collectors and researchers on this subject.
Incense timekeepers played an important role in early Chinese social and technological history, in addition to their use for time measurement. They were used in temples for religious rites, in agricultural regions for regulating water for irrigation, in palaces and government offices, and in the studies of scholars. A fascinating compendium of knowledge about a neglected aspect of Oriental culture, this book will appeal not only to historians of China and Japan, but to the growing number of collectors and museum curators who are interested in incense clocks. It is illustrated with black and white halftones of a large number of the clocks, which are renowned for their beauty of design and quality of workmanship. These illustrations are particularly valuable since they include photographs of items in private collections, including the author’s, which would otherwise be inaccessible to the student of such instruments. The book also includes a catalogue of incense clocks which have appeared in auction houses and museums.
CONDITION is fine. This is an ex-library copy which was withdrawn; library stickers and stamps are on dust jacket and inside cover.
DIMENSIONS: 7.5” (19.4 cm) x 10” (25.5 cm) x 1” (2.6 cm).