Chinese Houses & Gardens SIGNED 1950 HENRY INN Asian Architecture Design


Title: Chinese Houses & Gardens

Author: Henry Inn; (edited by) Shao Chang Lee

Description: Signed by Henry Inn on title page and inscribed by S. C. Lee (with chop mark) on half-title page. Second Edition (revised). Green cloth boards with gilt lettering. Light rubbing at extremities. Interior clean. Dust jacket's spine toned; chipped along top edge (mostly rear panel); not price clipped ($10.00). DJ in archival sleeve. 147 photographs, 113 linedrawings. 148 pp. 12 x 9 inches.

Photographs of houses in China made by Henry Inn during his tenth trip to China in 1936 and earlier, with five accompanying essays. Some of the houses and gardens shown had never photographed before and were destroyed by Japanese bombs prior to this publication.


1) Chinese Houses and Gardens in Retrospect (Ch'en Shou-Yi, Professor of Chinese History, Univ. of Hawaii);
2) Foreign Influence in Chinese Architecture (Chuin Tung);
3) Chinese Gardens: Contrasts, Design (Chuin Tung);
4) Man and Nature in the Chinese Garden (Wing-Tsit Chan, Professor of Chinese Philosophy, Univ. of Hawaii);
5) The Chinese Love of Home and Symbolism (Shao Chang Lee).

Henry Inn (1899-1994) was born in Canton, China and immigrated to Hawaii in 1908. He was a photographer, art collector, designer, and real estate developer.

Shao Chang Lee (1891-1977) was born in Canton and received degrees from both Chinese colleges and from Yale and Columbia. Between 1922 and 1943, he was a lecturer, professor, and head of the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Hawaii. In 1943, he began his tenure at the University of Michigan where he was the head of the Department of Foreign Studies.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Good

Publisher: Hastings House
Place: New York
Year: 1950

Keywords: Asian, design, architecture, dwellings, landscape,

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