The Ancient World by Giovanni Garbini hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Paul Hamlyn, 1966, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps; Tables;Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: The earliest civilisations known to man are brought to life as we look at the monumental buildings and magnificent works of art illustrated in this vivid and comprehensive volume in which over half the 200 illustrations are in colour. The history and art of these ancient peoples covers an immense time span from the seventh millennium settlement of Jericho to the period of Greek supremacy in the 5th century BC. Geographically, it spreads over the vast area which we call the Ancient Middle East and which stretches from Egypt to Persia. Professor Garbini has divided his book into three broad sections: Mesopotamia, Peripheral Areas (e. g. Persians, Hittites, Phoenicians) and Egypt. The first deals with Mesopotamia, the land of the two rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates. Here, in the fourth millennium BC, the Sumerians established the first city-states their temples and images, seals and metal-work are brilliantly described and illustrated. Semitic peoples ruled Mesopotamia from 2350 BC until the Persian conquest of Babylon in 539 BC Akkadians, Babylonians, Kassites, Assyrians and the Neo-Babylonians. Under the . Assyrians, narrative relief became one of the most accomplished art forms.
The second section covers the Peripheral Areas, an immense arc of highlands stretching from Persia in the east to Turkey in the west, and embracing Syria, Palestine and the Arabian Peninsula. To the north, mountain peoples descended into Anatolia, among whom the Hittites became the most powerful, establishing an empire which, at the height of its power, challenged even the might of Egypt. The Syro-Palestinian region had to withstand political pressures from Egypt and Mesopotamia. Nevertheless, the sculpture of the third millennium and the architecture of the second and first millennia were outstanding in these areas. The exquisite and much prized ivories of the Phoenician maritime traders are also reproduced.
The third major area is Egypt, the civilisation of the Nile Valley, which had a different history from her eastern neighbours. She remained consistent to herself in language, art, religion and politics for three millennia. Her art was dedicated to the glorification of the Pharaohs, whose temples and tombs still command our admiration today. A whole colour section is devoted to the masterly tomb paintings of the New Kingdom.
It is rare that the whole civilisation of the Ancient Near East should be covered in one book so that the three broad areas of culture can be related and admired. Here, the wonders of the ancient world the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Tower of Babel, the mysterious Hittites, the treasures of the Pharaohs are brought together to delight and instruct us.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed at the spine ends and corners with a small nick to the foot of the upper panel. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board.
176 pages. Index. Bibliography. 11½” x 8½”.
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