New York & Beijing: Queens Borough Public Library & National Library of china, (2000),
First Edition. quarto, printed wrappers. (xiv), 337 pp. Queens Borough Public Library & National Library of china, Item #18329
Calligraphy is among the most revered of the Chinese visual arts. The history of the development of the book-from early stone inscriptions to printing techniques and the modern monograph-also holds an important place in Chinese culture and history. Visible Traces presents sixty-eight objects from the collection of the National Library of China, divided into four sections: rare books and ancient writings, rubbings from a variety of carved and engraved surfaces, maps, and documents from China's numerous ethnic minorities. This exhibition traces, in broad strokes, the evolution of the written and printed word in China, against a vivid social and historical backdrop. Text in English and Chinese. With an Appendix of Sources, References, and Related Readings for the 68 items in the exhibition. Illustrated in color. Very fine.