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Riassunto: With their spendid illumination, elegant calligraphy, intricate seals and courtly and refined language, the Malay letters embody all that is most beautiful in Malay culture, civilization and aesthetics. Indeed, such letters offer a glimpse of the complex social and political structure of Malay society, for every element - from the position of the heading and seal to the choice of yellow silk envelope - was determined by the relative rank of the correspondents and the diplomatic importance of the missive. Displayed and translated in this exhibition catalogue are 100 Malay letters spanning nearly four centuries, from the oldest known Malay manuscript of 1521, through to the eve of the 20th century. The objects are not only beautiful art objects but also a resource for the political, diplomatic and economic history of the Malay archipelago. Also presented here are traditional Malay manuscript guides to letter-writing, and literary and historical texts which describe the elaborate ceremonies which accompanied the sending of royal Malay letters, and the status and quality of the envoys entrusted to carry and deliver them. The Malay letters form a legacy whose true value has come to be recognized only slowly, but which is all the more stunning for its discovery.
Language Notes: Text: English
Titolo: The Legacy of the Malay Letter: Warisan ...
Casa editrice: The British Library Publishing Division
Data di pubblicazione: 1994
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro London: The British Library for the National Archives of Malaysia, 1994. Großformat, Pappband mit Umschlag / gebundene Ausgabe 240 S. (30x25 cm) 1st Edition; (With many pictures); Schutzumschlag sehr leicht gealtert Buch an der Unterkante des Vorderdeckels mit minimaler Stoßstelle; sonst in gutem Zustand! (Stichwörter: malayische Briefe, alte Schriften, Bildband) Englisch 1900g. Codice libro della libreria 23748
Descrizione libro British Library/ The National Archives Of Malaysia, London, 1994 First Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket., 1994. 4to. pp 240. Original publisher's blue cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Signed presentation from the author on the front endpaper to the art collector, Nicholas Guppy and his wife, 'To Anna and Nicholas, with love Annabel, October 1994'. Copiously illustrated in colour and black and white throughout. Text in English and Malay.ISBN: 0712303766 Fine in fine dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria C24677
Descrizione libro British Library, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0712303766