The Gardens of China - Osvald W. Sirén 1949 - The Ronald Press Company, New York - First Edition ‘Gardens of China - how delightful a subject for those who have rambled and lived in those fantastic pleasure grounds, and how strange and exotic for those who have never visited the Flowery Middle Kingdom!’

A large and comprehensive work which is both descriptive and analytic, with a chapter on ‘
Gardens in Literature and Painting’ and translations from the ‘Yüan Yeh’, the Ming dynasty treatise on gardening.

Beautifully and profusely illustrated with eleven colour plates of paintings, and 208 gravure photographic plates, the volume is additionally accompanied by drawings, sketches and plans throughout the text. The photographs of gardens were taken in Suchow and Peking by Osvald Sirén in 1922, 1929 and 1935 and include private gardens, parks at sea palaces, the Yüan Ming-yuan and the New Summer Palace.
  Quarto (31 x 24 cm). pp. [2] xiv 141 [3] [208 photographic plates]. In publisher’s green ribbed cloth, lettered in gilt to spine and front boardfront board and spine lettered in gilt.   Condition: Near fine, some minor wear to corners, and light foxing to top edge of text block.   Ref: 108900   Price: HK$ 3,900