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Goodman, Jim (Author/Photographer) & Other Contributing Photographers. THAILAND: LAND OF ENCHANTMENT. Singapore, Singapore: Times Editions, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 145 pages. As New/As New.

New and Expanded Edition of the travel-guide classic. One of the finest photography books on Thailand ever published. The first appearance of the title in this edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent printings. A brilliant production by Jim Goodman and Times Editions: Oversize-volume format. Glossy pictorial hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Jim Goodman and other contributors. Running commentary/text by Jim Goodman, which is perceptive, informative, and insightful. Printed on glossy stock paper in Singapore to the highest standards. In matching pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents refreshing and colorful photographs of the Kingdom that the world identifies with grace and grandeur. Together with Japan, Thailand is one of only two "aesthete" cultures in Asia, which is dominated by Confucian moralism, and is therefore quite daunting as such as foreign lands. Thailand's unique appeal to travellers and tourists is that it remains foreign ("exotic") yet somehow approachable and hospitable (sometimes overly so). Jim Goodman understands the culture and celebrates its celebration of beauty as the highest good: The Thai word for "good" is its word for "beautiful"; for bad, is its word for "ugly". Aesthetics rules ethics, not the other way around, as is the case not only in the rest of Asia but in the West as well. Goodman shows how the presentation of food (how it looks), for example, is as important, if not more so, as the food itself (how it tastes). Fruits are carved into delicate sculptural flowers and other exquisite objects; utilitarian baskets are made as though they were meant for royal ceremonies. The elaborate Buddhist temples, palaces, wood carvings, paintings, gigantic stone sculptures, royal barges, ceramics, fireworks, and indeed, the entire cities of all three great dynasties, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, and Rattanakosin (the reigning monarchy that was built from the marshes of what foreigners call "Bangkok" and the Thais themselves call Krungthep), are nothing less than awe-inspiring testaments to the aesthetic worldview in its most developed and refined form (again, like Japan). The perfect introduction to and memento of a great country and her people, this is a "must-have" title for lovers of Thailand. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the 2004 New and Expanded Edition still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. Lavishly illutrated with color plates and archival materials. One of the world's most beautiful countries. A flawless copy. . ISBN 9812046461. $70.00

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