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Cornerstone: The Birth of the City in Mesopotamia. Revised translation of Piedra Angular (Editorial Tenov, Barcelona, 2012). Pedro Azara. Editorial Tenov, Barcelona, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 118 pp. 21 x 16 cm. ISBN 9788493923174 In English.
Publisher's description: Taking us back to the earliest days of cities -- and the earliest days of human civilization -- in Mesopotamia, Pedro Azara in Cornerstone offers a contemporary view on the rise and growth of early cities and urban culture. Investigating ruins and exploring archaeological sites, Azara helps us understand how the earliest cities looked and felt, what the first architects and their buildings were like, and what nascent aesthetic ideals they upheld. Azara's scholarship is rigorous and far-reaching, but his writing is agile, direct, and entertaining as he not only brings the far-distant past to life, but teases out its relevance for our understanding of contemporary culture as well. The result is a fascinating glimpse into our history and a fresh new take on the origins of the civilization of some of our most ancient ancestors.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Near and Middle East/Islamic Art (Traditional) — Iraq (Babylon) — Architecture
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 167119
Paperbound $19.00 Temporarily Out of Stock. Library Orders Accepted, but Availability and Price Cannot be Guaranteed.
Damascus Tiles: Mamluk and Ottoman Architectural Ceramics from Syria. Arthur Millner. Prestel-Verlag, Munich, 2015. 320 pp. 396 ills. (384 col.). 35 x 30 cm. ISBN 9783791381473 In English.
Large format.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Near and Middle East/Islamic Art (Traditional) — Syria — Ceramics
Plans: 74,54
Worldwide Number: 168332
Hardcover $85.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) Temporarily Out of Stock. Library Orders Accepted, but Availability and Price Cannot be Guaranteed.
The Wonders of Creation and the Singularities of Painting: A Study of the Ilkhanid London Qazvini. Stefano Carboni. Edinburgh University Press, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Oxford University Press. Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Art. 448 pp. 216 ills. (212 col.). 25 x 18 cm. ISBN 9780748683246 In English.
Publisher's description: Al-Qavwini's Wonders of Creation is one of a handful of extant illustrated codices produced under the Mongols of Persia. Al-Qazvini collected, edited and assembled a large body of literary works into a single text that reflects the cultural world of a medieval Arab encyclopaedist. In this lavishly illustrated volume, Stefan Carboni analyses the manuscript's miniatures, discusses the 368 paintings that illustrate the codex, and includes a partial critical translation of the related Arabic text. The codex contains a copy of a cosmographical text written in Arabic in Baghdad towards the end of the 13th century. The cosmography represents a physical description of the world arranged from the outer spheres of the universe, where the throne of God, the Angels and the Planets are located, down to Earth where the Peoples living in the Islands of the Oceans, the Mineral, the Vegetal and the Animal Kingdoms are described throughout the text.About the series: Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Art offers readers easy access to the most up-to-date research across the whole range of Islamic art, representing various parts of the Islamic world, media and approaches. Books in the series are beautifully illustrated academic monographs of intellectual distinction that mark a significant advance in the field.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Near and Middle East/Islamic Art (Traditional) — Iran (Persia) — Manuscripts and Book Design, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166179
Hardcover $155.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) Temporarily Out of Stock. Library Orders Accepted, but Availability and Price Cannot be Guaranteed.

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