The Lure of the Japanese Garden
by Alison Main & Newell Platten
Wakefield Press, 2002, 206 pages, ISBN 1862545618, colour photographs throughout. hardcover, dustjacket
As New Condition, slight scuff to back edge of spine (see photographs)
'The Lure of the Japanese Garden takes you on a tour of 120 gardens across Japan, covering a broader geographical spread than any current book in English. Along the way, Alison Main and Newell Platten describe not only the garden's physical aspects but also the historical, symbolic, religious and meditative meanings, purposes and allusions embodied in them.
...Includes an introductory essay explaining the language of the gardens adn an historical outline that relates garden evolution to events of the times. Other essays offer personal, often amusing insights into the author's travels in Japan as they have been seduced into a parallel life, a collection of garden memories, a Japanese garden of the mind.'