GARDENS OF CHINA by Osvald Siren


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For landscape architects, designers, collectors of Orientalia, this book is well worth the price. 289 superb plates, many in color, immortalize the unique quality of the Chinese garden, while the text, urban, scholarly, imbued with the understanding love of the gardens which he feels are symbolic of an ancient people, gives the reader a sense of being taken behind the walls. There's a deeply personal sense here; he explains it in the rhythms, the patterns; shows how it has been interpreted in paintings; introduces the reader to famous gardens, many no longer surviving; and goes into those aspects that distinguish the Oriental gardens (Japanese as well) from those of the West. A beautiful piece of book-making, superb reproduction of the photographs.

Publisher: Ronald Press