PRIP-MOLLER, Johannes. Chinese Buddhist Monasteries. Their Plan and its Function as a Setting for Buddhist Monastic Life. Copenhagen: Gads Forlag and OUP, 1937.
Large folio. Original half-vellum over boards, spine and front cover lettered in gilt; pp. [xii], 396, colour frontispiece, four large folding plans in rear pocket, highly illustrated in photogravure and after drawings, vellum a little discoloured, otherwise fine.
First editon of probably the most important and lavishly produced book on the subject. Many monasteries were to be destroyed in the decades following this publication. Johannes Prip-Møller was a Danish architect active in China, and the Carlsberg brewery funded this impressive book production, and in-depth study. 'A monumental work which, in its own sphere, has no rival at the present time, and is hardly likely to encounter one in the future.' (Gosta Montell in Geografisk Tidsskrift, 1939).