Science and Civilisation in China, Volume V, Part 12. Rose Kerr, Nigel Wood, Ts'ai Mei-Fen, Zhang Fukang, Joseph Needham, series ed.
Science and Civilisation in China, Volume V, Part 12
Science and Civilisation in China, Volume V, Part 12
All the handicrafts possess a scientific content which has grown up along with them and is embodied in their practice. The manufactured article is the joint product of the science and the practice which are combined in the handicraft.—epigraph to this volume, cited from Plato's Statesman

Science and Civilisation in China, Volume V, Part 12

Very Good / Very Good. Item #8807
ISBN: 0521838339

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. First Edition. Octavo (25.5x20x6.5cm); xlix + 918pp, including three bibliographies; index; romanization table; and chronology. Illustrated with 172 photographs (largely in color), maps, and reproductions of scroll- and line-drawings; 158 scientific charts and tables. Very Good. Dust jacket reproduces Taoist genii from a painted temple scroll on a cream ground. Image repeated in grisaille on boards; spine in black cloth with gilt lettering. Jacket shows only slightest shelfwear at edges; binding near fine; textblock unmarred and unmarked.

This hefty volume is 1/27 of the late Joseph Needham's authoritative and still continuing series, published—to date—in seven volumes and 27 parts. The focus is scientific and artisanal, covering clays, glazes, firing, kilns, porcelain, stoneware, and pigments, as used to create everything from tiny celadon incense-burners to giant polychrome glazed roofs and cornices for vast complexes and entire cities.

Needham's series has been decisively influential in global understanding of China's pre-modern scientific and technological superiority over the West.

Price: $350.00