"Buddhist Book Illuminations", by Pratapaditya Pal and Julia Meech-Pekarik. Published by Ravi Kumar Publishers. Printed by Walker Print (Far East) Ltd. Hong Kong. This 1988 edition is limited to 400 copies. This copy is number 161. 339 pages. Hard cover in slipcase. Large quarto, red cloth, gilt lettering on spine, gilt design on front board, numerous illustrations in black and white (130) and in color (108). Excellent condition.
Note 1: Handwritten and hand-printed, books have played an important role in spreading the message of the Buddha from India to various countries in Asia, from the early centuries of the Christian era. Commonly known as sutra, Buddhist scriptures, by the eighth century, were embellished with illustrations in most Buddhist countries. For the first time, two eminent scholars, P. Pal and J. Meech-Pekarik have written a concise and highly readable account of the history of this little known area of Buddhist art. A rather rare and highly sought after publication.
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