Central Asian Studies
Central Asian Studies continues a series of scholarly books on Central Asia and the Himalayas started in the early 1970s by a British publisher. The series comprises some re-issues of the previous books, as well as new titles.
NOTE: Limited availability of some of the older titles.
||The Cultural Heritage of Central Ladakh
by David Snellgrove and Tadeusz Skorupski
1977. 172 pp., 125 b&w plates and 20 colour plates, diagrams, maps, 30 x 21 cm., hardbound.
ISBN-10: 974-8304-53-1 $45.00
Ladakh existed as an independent western Tibetan Kingdom until 1834 when
it was finally taken over by the rulers of Jammu and Kashmir, thus becoming
an integral part of India. It has, however, remained one of the few regions
where Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan way of life continue to flourish.
During the last 26 years entry has been generally denied to outsiders for
security reasons and only recently has it been possible for western scholars
to visit Ladakh. Professor Snellgrove and Tadeusz Skorupski were the first
to do so in 1974 when this ban was lifted, staying there through the hard
winter months when the passes are blocked and the religious life is especially
This highly illustrated study presents new material for the history of Ladakh culture and religion, focussing on their rich
traditions of art and architecture. Despite the passage of so many warring
and marauding armies in the past, Ladakh still preserves important traces
of that early Tibetan Buddhist period when pure Indian influences were
predominant. The 11th century monastery of Alchi which has remained practically
intact is studied in great detail in this book, as are other later monasteries
and forts of religious and historical interest.
||The Cultural Heritage of Ladakh
Zangskar and the Cave Temples of Ladakh
by David Snellgrove and Tadeusz Skorupski
1980. 176 pp., 102 b&w plates and 4 colour plates, 3 maps, 30 x 21 cm., hardbound.
ISBN-10: 974-8304-55-8 $75.00
Part II of this study concentrates on the Zangskar monastery and cave temmples of Ladakh. Includes a translation of the biography of Rin-chen bZangpo, the great Translator.
“A serious and scholarly treatment.”
(Times Literary Supplement)
||Early Sino-Tibetan Art|
by Heather Stoddard
2008, second edition, 156 pp., 12 colour and 57 b & w plates, 29 x 21 cm., hardbound.
ISBN-10: 974-524-036-2 $50.00
A study of the artistic dialogue between the two great north Asian cultural
centers of Tibet and China, commencing as early as the 9th century, through
to the 15th century. This groundbreaking monograph is well illustrated
with many objects which are otherwise inaccessible and bases its findings
on translations of indigenous Tibetan, Chinese and Central Asian inscriptions.
With new foreword by the author and extensive bibliography of Western
language, Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese sources, it is both attractive
(Originally published as ‘Early Sino-Tibetan Art’ (H. Karmay, 1975); long out of print and unavailable.)
[Read a review (German language) from the Preetorius Foundation]
by Duncan Haldane
1978. 120 pp., 73 plates, diagrams, 30 x 21 cm., hardbound.
ISBN-10: 974-8304-33-7 $150.00
A descriptive account of Mamluk illustrated manuscripts providing stylistic comparisons of the Bahri and Burji periods.
Nepalese Art during the Malla Period
by A. W. Macdonald and Anne Vergati Stahl
1979. 166 pp., 6 colour and 111 b&w plates, 30 x 21 cm., hardbound.
ISBN-10: 974-8304-56-6 $60.00
Visitors to the Kathmandu Valley and students of Nepalese culture have
long been impressed by the distinctive and complex art and architecture,
which is thought of as typically Nepalese. In most cases, however, it
is the creation of the original inhabitants of the valley, the Newars.
Newar craftsmen worked in Tibet, at Lhasa, and were also much influenced
by Indian traditions. This survey is confined to the Malla Period ending
with the Ghorka conquest of 1768, but, with the continuing survival of
this remarkable society and culture, it is of direct relevance to present-day
“It is an exceptionally illuminating,
thought-provoking volume…indispensable to students of Newar civilization.”
||The Tibetan Carpet
by Philip Denwood
1974, 1978, 1986, 1980. 120 pp., 24 colour plates, 83 b&w illustrations, and two maps, 30 x 21 cm., hardbound.
ISBN-10: 974-8304-57-4 $60.00
This classic study was the first comprehensive work on the subject, and
provides an analysis of the weaving techniques in detail, classifies the
various types of carpet and designs and illustrates in colour many fine
examples from private collections.
“…a basic reference work to the
subject providing an introduction of general interest and a wealth of
material of interest to the specialist.”