The Silk Road: Art and HistoryHardback
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- Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 270mm x 314mm
- Publication date: 21 February 2003
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0856675466
- ISBN 13: 9780856675461
- Illustrations note: 450 colour illustrations, 29 maps
Celebrating the cultural heritage of the countries along the Silk Route, this text explores the ancient trade route between Europe and the Far East, more specifically between Rome and the old Chinese capital of Xian. It examines the beautiful works of art discovered in each country, and sets them in their historical and geographical context. The author provides a comprehensive history of the Silk Road, drawing freely on anecdotes and literary and historical sources he examines the lives of the merchants and other travellers who used this route. Vignettes and poems from the heydey of the great trading route punctuate a lively and colourful text, which also features Antonia Tozer's evocative photographs.
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Jonathan Tucker and Antonia Tozer operate a gallery in St James's, London, and are both former employees of Spink and Son, where Jonathan ran the Indian and Southeast Asian department and Antonia was a specialist in the Chinese department.
"large, colourful reference book... worthy of accolades... excellent, and at times breathtaking, photography... This book is a Silk Road 'bible', a well-constructed and beautiful collation of a mass of information and knowledge on a truly fascinating corner of the world...be warned: read the Silk Road and you'll want to experience it for yourself" -Geographical magazine (magazine of the Royal Geographical Society)