An opulent look at East Asia’s printed and handwritten treasures
Color woodblock prints, early maps of Asia and beyond, and gorgeously detailed scrolls are just some of the highlights in the collection of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley.
From oracle bones to twentieth-century manuscripts, Impressions of the East presents selections from the Library’s rare book collection in their technological and cultural contexts. Embedded in the descriptions of the works featured is a lucidly sketched history of the lands where the works originated and the ways in which they influenced each other. Opulently produced and brilliantly designed, the book brings excitement and scholarly insight to the print and manuscript traditions of East Asia.
Deborah Rudolph is senior editor at the East Asian Library. She holds a PhD in classical Chinese from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s in library science from UCLA. Both her father and her husband’s father collected early Japanese and Chinese books and manuscripts.