St. Petersburg: Herm, 2018. Sewn cl. This catalogue of a Hermitage exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Asiatic Museum (now the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences), a major world collection of manuscripts originating from the Middle East to Japan. Chapters cover three large regions: Near East and Middle East; India and Central Asia; the Far East. Divisions relate to the phases of religious history and movements of peoples rather than to sharply delineated regions; first Buddhism, for example, and then Islam, gave rise to diverse forms of book art. Besides manuscripts and blockprints from the holdings of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts the catalogue publishes artifacts from the Hermitage collections related to the production and use of books. Included are objects that are directly associated with the making and reading of books (brushes, qalams, pencases, inkwells, woodblocks) and also religious items used alongside books (icons, crosses, ornaments). The innovative book design binds together the text and catalogue of 200 entries with an album of plates opening vertically to show the works in 9 x 21 inch spreads. 359 p., approx. 300 color illus., Rus. with title page and summary in ENGLISH. Item #3086
Chapter titles: Book culture of Aramaic religions: codexes and scrolls; Judaic book culture; Syrian book culture; Armenian, Georgian, Coptic book culture; Ethiopian, Arabic, Persian book culture; Turkic book culture in Central Asia and Asia Minor; Indian, Central Asian, Tibetan book culture; Mongolian, Chinese, Manchurian, Japanese, and Korean book culture.