2004 · Berkeley
. . . Qusayr Amra, probably painted in the 730s or 740s, has proved a mirage, its concreteness dissolved by doubts about its date, patron, and meaning. This is the first book-length contextualization of the mysterious monument through an imaginative and compelling analysis of its iconography and of the literary sources for the Umayyad period. It evokes not only the way of life of the early Muslim elite but also the long afterglow of late antique Syria."
First edition, first printing.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard. Publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering to spine, in original pictorial dust jacket; DJ spine faded, edges lightly worn, shallow crease to rear DJ flap. Interior clean and bright. (Inventory #: 38258)