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Tibetan Printing : Comparison, Continuities, and Change (Hardcover)

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Printing began to be a means of dissemination of texts in Tibet and Europe at roughly the same time. In the fifteenth century block-printing, which had long been practiced in China was adopted in Tibet, becoming an important technology for the multiplication of texts and images, alongside manuscripts production, and remaining so until the twentieth century. While the printing revolution has engendered many debates, some including cross-cultural comparisons, Tibet has been absent from the discussion. Originating in a conference in 2013, this book has the contributions of specialists in early Tibetan printing, the study of the book in Asia and Europe, as well as experts in paper, wood, and pigment research gathered to explore the technology and materiality of Tibetan book culture in a wider perspective. Part I looks at the introduction of printing in Asian contexts, comparing and contrasting different experiences with an eye to recent research on the European “printing revolution” and the debates surrounding it. Part 2 explores the inception of block printing in Tibet and the Himalayas, looking at its origins and impacts and presenting new discoveries. Part 3 explores the materiality and technology of Tibetan prints by looking at paper and wood as well as pigments and dyes. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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