VSANA Library of Stone Appreciation Books

Book reviews in the VSANA Library of Stone Appreciation are intended to give readers an indication of the wide range of books available, primarily on Asian stone appreciation, but also on Western stones. Additional reviews are added to this site each month. They are presented in the country where they are produced. Unfortunately, some of the books are out of print and difficult to obtain.

The VSANA Library currently consists of three parts—the Featured Book Review of the Month, the VSANA Library, and Buy Books.

• Feature Book Review features monthly one of the more important books published in field of stone


• VSANA library contains over 150 reviews in nine languages. The reviews are intended to give readers

     an indication of the wide range of books available on stone appreciation published globally.

Buy Books is a new feature to guide our readers who may wish to purchase a book from reliable sources.

Featured Book Review

Lu Shundong. 2016

Chinese Viewing Stones. Grand Illustrations of Excellent Stones.

Baozang Magazine Publications. 247 pages. No ISBN. Slipcase. 280 RMB when published.

This elegant, large-format (28.5 x 28.5 cm) volume illustrates over 200 excellent stones from throughout China. These have been selected from vast collections and represent many of the finest viewing stones ranging from classical to modern types.  In the last five decades, many new stone types were incorporated into Chinese stone appreciation culture. During this time, only a few stones with truly great attributes rose to the top. The stones illustrated in this book gives readers a better understanding of the features and types of stones valued most in China at the time of publication.

Chinese Viewing Stones, Grand Illustrations of Excellent Stones begins with four short essays—one each on Lingbi, Gobi, Red River and Long (Yangtze) River stones. The majority of the book, photographs of outstanding stones, is divided in to four major sections. Historical stones comprise the first group, while figure and nature stones are grouped together in the second section. The third group of stones relate to famous landscapes and people. The finals section of illustrates are stones that serve as a reflection of feelings.  Brief information concerning ownership, size, and where it was exhibited is included for each stone.  A list of the stones owners and their telephone number is given on the last pages of the book.

The photography, layout and design, and the production is excellent. Books of this quality are what helps to advance the stone appreciation hobby and industry in China. It is not surprising that China enjoy the largest and most progressive stone appreciation culture globally.

Rating: Excellent, this book achieves a balance between traditional and more contemporary types of stones as well as traditional and contemporary methods of displaying stones.



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