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Survey of Persian Art From Pre-Historic Times to the Present

[Complete set is out of print, Please order by subject volumes]

Availability: Out of stock
Published: 1973
Page #: 0
Size: 9 x 12
ISBN: 4-89360-011-7
plates, bibliography, index, notes

Quick Overview

The final volume of A Survey of Persian Art appeared just before the outbreak of World War II in 1939. Acclaimed by scholars and reviewers alike, the Survey was an immediate success, and after some years the entire edition went out of print.
A prize item in the rare book market for more than a decade (complete sets have repeatedly brought many times the original publication price), a reissue in 1964 failed to foresee the great demand in the home market, Iran, and was soon sold out. A Survey of Persian Art is once again available in a superb reissue. Handsomely buckram-bound in more compact form, the work remains the awesome piece of scholarship that experts the world over hailed on its publication as a "monumental" and "indispensable" picture of a whole civilization.

Here, presented in a graceful, lucid text (3,816 pages), copious line drawings (2,129), and excellent photographic reproductions (3,737), is Persia's testimony to culture: architecture, pottery, painting, textiles, sculpture, metalwork, calligraphy, carpets, jewelry, seals, coinage and iconography. Especially lovely are the many line drawings and color reproductions of textile designs. Chosen for their maximum demonstrative value from more than 200 collections in more than 30 countries, these reproductions illustrate Persian art in all its facets and reveal Persian civilization to have been highly gifted and inventive from almost the beginning of human creativeness.
Improving upon the original printing in several significant ways, this reissue of A Survey of Persian Art is faithful to the original in all other aspects. Under the supervision of Jay Gluck (a scholar in the field and a printing craftsman), the Japanese printers have combined traditional standards of craftsmanship with today's printing techniques to achieve sharper definition in more than 3,000 black and white plates and superb reproduction of the original art in over 200 color plates. Here the superior color fidelity of the tedious copperplate process to the subtle hues is especially evident in the ceramics and miniatures. The unwieldy size of the original volumes has been corrected by increasing the number of volumes and reducing the size of the pages. Also, a volume of addenda (Vol. XIV) summarizes discoveries and studies made between 1938 and 1960. The Bibliography, planned for publication with the original, but thought lost during the war, has been reconstructed from galley proofs and notes, modernized and published as Volumes XV and XVI, with a comprehensive index to the text.
An unrivaled exposition of the subject as a whole, A Survey of Persian Art is a systematic and critical summary that makes a wealth of authoritative material readily accessible to the scholar, collector, and general public.
Some of the distinguished contributors to A Survey of Persian Art are: Sir Aurel Stein, Sir Thomas Arnold, Fredrick Sarre, E. T. Newell, Richard Ettinghausen, Eric Schroeder, Lawrence Binyon, Rene Grousset, Josef Orbeli, Ernst Herzfeld, Ernst Kuhnel, Sir E. Denison Ross, David Talbot Rice, Sir George Hill, Kurt Erdmann, Stanley Casson, Henri Masse, Oscar Reuther, Gaston Wiet, and G. Contenau. The volume of addenda adds a new generation of scholars, including distinguished Persians and Japanese.

author

Arthur Upham Pope

Arthur Upham Pope and his wife Phyllis Ackerman were pioneers in the study of the arts of Asia, with a paramount dedication to Persian art, history, heritage and culture, and its interrelations. Their efforts led to the establishment in 1925 of the American Institute for Persian Art and Archaeology, which later became the Asia Institute, in New York City and their unique programs of research, publications, exhibitions and educational instruction continued at the Institute and around the world until their retirement. In late 1964, during a State visit to Iran, Professor Pope and Dr. Ackerman were formally invited to move The Asia Institute to Shiraz as an independent research center of publication and study, which would be housed in the Narenjestan, the beautiful hereditary compound of the Ghavam ul-Molk Shirazi. They accepted this generous offer and following months of planning, packing and organization, they returned permanently to Iran in 1966. Professor Pope and Dr. Ackerman were to spend their final days in Iran and upon their sad demise, they were provided with a magnificent mausoleum built in Professor Pope Park on the banks of the Zayandeh-Rud River in their beloved city of Isfahan.

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