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on 1 December 2011
Prepare yourself for a stunning visual experience. Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller have discovered, selected and purchased magnificent examples of the life and art of Samurai warrior: suits of armor and helmets, horse armor, accutrements used in parade as well during battles. For the collection, now in the exhibition at the Museé du quay Branly (see the web site) they have also built the museum in Dallas. For all of us they have written a superlative catalogue that has no rival in the field, and more in general, among books of art. The book as been designed by Jeff Pincapaw with photographs made by Brad Flowers. A selected group of scholars have fully covered the subject; with 120 examples of the most sophisticated piece of art from 1185 to 1868 (from Kabuka period to Edo period) covering the Mori Clan and the early armor. All the components are represented including Jinbaori (coats), Hakama (pants), blades and nothing more than three horses in full armor mounted by dressed warriors. Photographs are unique as well as the design of the book. Typed on Mercury and Whitney and printed on high grammature paper using an extremely large tonal range and color saturation, this is probably the first book of its kind, opening the way of a new generation of art books. Each picture is a triumph of details and has been processed to fulfill the layout design. The people at Yale University Press have released several books in the last few months on oriental arts that are shaking the field.
If you want to keep your copy pristine, as a document of our times, please handle cotton gloves to pass over 356 pages of black, white, gold and immaculate pictures. The cover is slightly different from the one presented by Amazon and you may have a preview at the YUP site: another example of a publisher and a book that will continue to astonish us.