"It is rare when the publication of a scholary book falls into the category of a 'major event'; but this and the nine folio-sized volumes to come covering other architectural categories fully qualify. Even if a library has no other books on Chinese architecture, it should make sure to acquire these as they are published ... this is an exemplary presentation deserving the highest recommendation." CHOICE 6/99Reseña del editor:
The palaces are the embodiment of the feudal systems of patriarchal clans and tithes, and symbolise supreme imperial power. The most outstanding and prominent examples of this architectural type are the Forbidden City in Beijing and Shenyang Imperial Palace. The former is also the largest and best-preserved timber construction in the world. The principles underlying the planning and design of ancient Chinese palaces are elaborated in detail using these two fine examples as a source of reference.
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