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Author Name:    BROWN, Percy

Title:   Picturesque Nepal. First Edition

Publisher:    Adam and Charles Black, London, 1912, 

Seller ID:   108592

BROWN, Percy. Picturesque Nepal. London : Adam and Charles Black, 1912. First Edition. Pp (4),v-xvi,[1]-205,(3), colour frontispiece (with tissue guard) + 3 colour plates + 40 black-and-white plates. Index. 8vo, illustrated brown cloth, lettered in cream. Inman, The A&C Black Colour Books, no. 674. Contents : I. The Independent State of Nepal : Situation—Its Isolation—Legend of the Foundation of Nepal—The Valley of Nepal. II. The History of Nepal: Mythological Period—Visit of Buddha to the Valley—Asoka's Visit—Chinese Record—The Malla Rajas—The Gurkha Period. III. The People : The Different Tribes in Nepal—The Gurkhas and the Newars—The Religions of Nepal—Religious Influence on the Art of the State—Tantrism. IV. The High Road to Katmandu :The Snowy Range of the Himalayas—Through the Plains—The Terai—The Road in the River-bed—Churia Rest-house—Fishing—The Pass of Sisagarhi—The Pass of Chandragiri—First View of the Valley of Nepal—The Last Stage. V. The Cities of the Valley : Katmandu—Legendary Plan—History—The Durbar—Bhim Sen's Tower—Bhatgaon—The Durbar Square—The Golden Gate—Nyatpola Deval or the Temple ofthe Five Stages—The Taumari Tol—Patan—Its Decay—The Durbar Square—Principa l Buildings of Patan—Kirtipur. VI. Pashpatti : The Doorway of Death—Its Buildings—The Daily Devotees—Women Pilgrims—The Burning-Ghat. VII. The Temple of Changu-Narain : The Situation of the Temple—Pilgrims to the Shrine—The Art and Architecture of the Temple—The Pilgrims' Ritual. VIII. Festivals : The Popularity of the Festivals—The Machendranath Festival—The Procession—The Dassera Festival—The Review—The Dassera Procession—Blessing the Colours at the Kot—Minor Celebrations, "Kaka boli" and "Swana boli"—The Pilgrimage—The Sacred Lake of Gosainthan. IX. The Arts of the Newars : Art and Religion—Indian and Chinese Influences—Nepalese Architecture—The "Chaitya"—BuddhistTemples—Bodhnath and Shambu-Nath—Symbolism of the "Chaitya"—The "Pagoda"—O rigin of the Pagoda. X. The Arts of the Newars (continued) : The Nepalese School—Its Origin and Influences—Metal-work—Metal Statuary—The Process of Manufacture—The Artist-priest—Minor Metalwork—The Makara—Religious Utensils—Wood-carving—Terra-cotta—Stone-carving—Textiles. XI. Sketches : The Water-Garden of Balaji—Fishponds and Fountains—The Submerged Narain—Lamaism—The "Unko Vihar"—The High-priest—Gambling—The Day of Gifts. Slightly cocked, bubbling to cloth on front board, some mfoxing to edges, hinges a bit shaky, small stain to one leaf, else very good. 75.00


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