The Dynasties of China Bamber Gascoigne Folio Society 2014


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The Dynasties of China

The beautiful artefacts of Chinese culture are known to the world, but how many of us could recognise the characteristics of a Tang sculpture or name more than one Chinese emperor? In this narrative history, Bamber Gascoigne provides a concise and engaging account of 3,500 years of Chinese imperial culture. The story begins in C.1600 BC with the Shang dynasty, equally known for its brutality and its artistry. In the subsequent Zhou dynasty, the foundations of Chinese philosophy were laid through the writings of Confucius. Gascoigne challenges the traditional view that the author of The Analects was ‘the dullest of the school prefects’ by citing his ‘love of paradox and surprise’.


  • Folio Society First Edition
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 2013
  • Hardback Bound in Cloth With a Design by Charlotte Orr, 208pp
  • Various Colour Images and a Map Re-Drawn by Neil Gower
  • Size 230mm x 160mm, 0.8kg

Condition: Near Fine – Light Stain to Slipcase, Book Superb Unmarked Copy

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