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|Notes:||Originally published: London : Folio Society, 2002.
Maps on lining papers.
|Description:||270 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||'A ceaselessly flowing stream of life' --
Coiled dragons and filmy fleeces : jade and silk --
From Greece and Rome to China and back again --
A people abandoned by heaven : the Xiongnu and trade during the Han dynasty --
The spread of trade and religions : Tocharians and Sogdians --
The fashion for all things Central Asian --
The caves of the Thousand Buddhas : Buddhism on the Silk Road --
Tanguts, Mongols, Nestorians and Marco Polo --
A parterre of roses : travellers to Ming China and Samarkand --
The great game and the Silk Road --
Asia held them captive in her cold embrace : explorers on the Silk Road --
Trophies and tiger entrails : hunting and theorising on the Silk Road --
Securing specimens : Aurel Stein --
An end to excavation : Pelliot, van Le Coq and Warner --
The baby general : travel on the Silk Road in the 1930s --
Epilogue : the Silk Road today.
"A beautifully rendered tribute to the thousands of years in which these routes served as the center of trade....This is a rich, and richly illustrated, history." - Publishers Weekly; "The Silk Road