This book is a scholarly study of a virtually unknown aspect of the history of horology (timekeeping), compiled from Chinese and Japanese historical and literary records, some of which are translated and published here for the first time. Incense timekeepers played an important role in early Chinese social and technological history, in addition to their use for time measurement. They were used in temples for religious rites, in agricultural regions for regulating water for irrigation, in palaces and government offices, and in the studies of scholars. A fascinating compendium of knowledge about a neglected aspect of Oriental culture, this book will appeal not only to historians of China and Japan, but to the growing number of collectors and museum curators who are interested in incense clocks.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 667 g
Dimensions: 247 x 189 x 19 mm
'This handsome volume, the result of a lifetime's study by a noted scholar, will be treasured not only by horologists and other historians of science but also by lovers of East Asian art and poetry.' The Antiquarian Horological Society
"...recommended to anyone with an interest in East Asian combustion horology. It is, in fact, the only full-length monograph devoted to the subject in a Western language....The wealth of illustrations at the back of the book are particularly valuable since they include photographs of items in the author's own collection that would otherwise be inaccessible to the student of such instruments. This book will probably remain the standard reference for collectors of antiques and researchers on this subject for some time to come." China Review International