Forbidden City: The Palace at the Heart of Chinese Culture
In this compelling addition to Assouline’s Ultimate Collection, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ian Johnson guides readers through the magnificent and storied palace built by China’s Yongle Emperor to serve as the seat of the Ming dynasty. Weaving in history and events of the past six centuries and featuring more than 100 photographs, artworks, and historical artifacts, this luxury tome conjures life in this imperial sphere—a small city unto itself, in which soldiers, eunuchs, concubines, and merchants resided alongside the royalty they served. A stunning homage to the grand beauty of one of the most complex structures in all of history, Forbidden City reveals that 600 years after its construction, this royal monument endures as the physical and spiritual heart of Chinese civilization. This volume is presented in a regal, glossy red box reminiscent of traditional Chinese lacquerware, and that features a delicately carved map of the Forbidden City’s grounds.
An impressive and magnificent addition to any library, this book also comes with a limited edition vibrant yellow Assouline tote as well as white gloves to keep it pristine.
- 208 pages
- over 150 illustrations
- English language
- Released in January 2021
- W 18 x L 20 x D 3.5 in
- Handcrafted edition in a red lacquered glossy clamshell case