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Early Islamic Architecture

Kusejr 'Amra.

Vienna: Kaiserliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1907. Folio (43 x 33 cm). Cloth with gilt-stamped titles to covers, housed in a corresponding slipcase. 2 volumes: Volume 1, X, 238 pp. text; Volume 2, 41 plates. Plates bright and clean, spines lightly browned, some soiling and rubbing to slipcase, some slight separating along spine of text volume, overall about very good.

2 volumes on the important desert palace in western Arabia, with copious notes and profuse illustrations. The first volume contains 145 text illustrations from photographs, plans, and elevations, along with three folding maps laid in depicting the region. The second volume is comprised of 41 fine collotype plates showing floor plans, façade views, frewscoes, architectural details, and measured drawings. Most are in color, and 18 are double plates.

Kusejr 'Amra (Qasr Amra or Quseir Amra) is the best-known of the desert castles located in present-day eastern Jordan. It was built in the early 8th century by Walid Ibn Yazid, the future Umayyad caliph Walid II, and is considered one of the most important examples of early Islamic art and architecture, notable for its frescoes of a group of rulers, a hunting scene, nudes, and a depiction of the zodiac with the first known representation of heaven on a hemispherical surface. The bathhouse is one of the oldest surviving examples of a hammam in the historic Muslim world, and the castle has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The definitive volume on an important historic example of early Islamic art and architecture.

Book ID: 52285

Price: $9,500.00