Superb reproductions of wall paintings from Central Asia
Wall Paintings from Ancient Shrines in Central Asia.
Recovered by Sir Aurel Stein. Described by Fred H. Andrews. Published under the orders of the Government of India. London Oxford University Press, Geoffrey Cumberlege; colour plates by Henry Stone & Son of Banbury. 1948
First edition, two volumes, text in folio, pp.xxxiv, 128, 3 plans, folding map. Plates in large folio, 32 plates, 13 in colour, 3 folding. A near fine set. Text volume in original quarter cloth, plain boards; plates in original cloth portfolio, gilt lettered. The pale blue cloth of the portfolio is unevenly sun-faded. With the bookplates of the scholar and collector, R.M. (Mike) Burrell.
This book was first mooted in 1930 but not officially sanctioned until 1940, when Stein and Andrews planned its form. Stein was to write the introduction, and probably indeed did so in his final months, but it was mislaid The wall-paintings were re-assembled and mounted by Andrews in Delhi. With fine reproductions of the paintings from Bezeklik and other sites which can now be seen in the Archaeological Museum in Delhi.