Chinese Buddhist Monasteries Their plan and its function as a setting for Buddhist Monastic Life
Copenhagen & London: G.E.C. Gads Forlag & Oxford University Press, 1937. Original blue cloth, vellum spine. Four large folding architectural plans in a pocket to the rear. <br />X, 396 pages.<br />3 colour plates, 5 folding plates, 4 folding plans and 365 (251 photographic) illustrations<br />400 by 300mm (15¾ by 11¾ inches). One of the great scholarly studies in architecture in which Prip-Moller's modesty of style and scrupulous research, devoted to setting exact measurement of the material with historical documentation and spiritual purpose, is set in a scrupulous and stylish design, producing a large and solid book outwardly very elegant and inwardly complex, almost the embodiment of its subject. 'A monumental work which, in its own sphere, has no rival at the present time, and is hardly likely to encounter one in the future.' (Gosta Montell in 'Geografisk Tidsskrift', b.42; 1939).
Condition: Slight rubbing / darkening to the vellum spine. A little darkening to the borders of the blue boards. Internally in excellent condition, with very slight darkening to the page edges.