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Lewis, Paul & Lewis, Elaine (Authors) & Contributing Photographers. PEOPLES OF THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE. London, England: Thames And Hudson, 1984. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 300 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark pioneering monograph on subject. One of the finest books on the ethnic art of the tribes in the fabled Golden Triangle. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particulalrly the much more common Softcover Edition and the 1994 Edition. There is no American edition. A brilliant production by The Editors of Thames And Hudson: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Handsome cloth boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Text by Paul Lewis and Elaine Lewis. Photographs by various contributors. Printed on thick coated stock paper in London, The United Kingdom to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents the art of the so-called "hill tribes" based around the Golden Triangle, the mountainous border between Laos, Burma, and Thailand that is otherwise better-known for its vibrant (and unstoppable) drug trade as well as the long-standing and noble Resistance Movement of the hill tribes themselves against the despotic Burmese Government. Each of the six tribes has its own rich, ancient, and given their nomadic way of life, incredibly beautiful legacy. It is precisely because they have moved around a great deal in the area (and have minimal interaction with one another) that the arts of the tribes are virtually intact, well-preserved, and very different from one another despite their geographical proximity. The oldest and finest pieces are now in major museums' Permanent Collections in Japan, Europe, and the United States as well as in private hands. The art of the Karen and the Hmong peoples are justly celebrated, but those of the smaller tribes are no less impressive for their exquisite craftsmanship and beauty. There have been newer and quite outstanding monographs on the subject, but the pioneering effort of the Lewis missionary couple remains a touchstone for all lovers and collectors of this inexhuastibly interesting region's vanishing cultures. A "must-have" title for Asian ethnic art collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time even though it went into multiple subsequent printing. This is one of extremely few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs of the peoples and their arts. 700 color plates. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0500973148. $200.00

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