THE TAO OF PAINTING: A Study of the Ritual Disposition of Chinese Painting, with a Translation of the Chieh Yuan Hua Chuan or Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting 1679-1701

New York: Pantheon Books, 1956. First Edition. Hardcover. "...an exploration of certain ideas that have traditionally motivated and governed Chinese painting, and of the technical methods used to express them. Its core is a translation - the first into English - of the Chieh Tzu Yuan Hua Chuan, or Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting. Nearly every page of this famous handbook gives an illustration of brushwork, ranging from the single stroke of a blade of grass or petal of a flower to the composition of a whole tree or mountain. The Manual contains over four hundred of these examples; in the present work, these pages are completely reproduced. Mai-mai Sze has translated and annotated the texts of instructions, discussions of the fundamentals of painting, notes on the preparation of colors, and chief editorial prefaces." Bollingen Series XLIX. Oblong quarto, two volumes. Original green cloth bindings, with gilt stamping. The dust jackets are price-clipped, with some very light browning along the spines; else a near fine set. Housed in the publisher's slipcase, which is a bit edgeworn. Near fine / Near fine. Item #70142

Price: $150.00

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