Author(s): Nathan Woolley
Celestial Empire shows the wealth and cultural richness of the Qing dynasty, which ruled China for nearly three centuries, as seen through rare materials from the National Library of China and the National Library of Australia. The book is illustrated with stunning images, from woodblock printed books to colourful maps, making accessible a wealth of culture from China's last imperial dynasty. Many works that appear in the book have never been seen outside China before, or presented in English. Examples include painted scrolls of scenic and sacred sites, maps detailing a variety of landscapes, woodblock illustrations demonstrating extraordinary skill and artistic vision and delightful folk art used on festive occasions. The book also includes architectural drawings produced for the Imperial court of iconic locations such as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. A visually beautiful book that gives insight into the dynasty that laid the foundations of modern China.