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 ten 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

PRC Education Department. Ed. 2008.

Cang Pin. Getting to Winter, Breeze on Stones.

Special Issue on Stone Appreciation. December, 2008. 228 pp. ISSN: 1671-9956. 48 RMB when published.

This is an important issue of this serial arts journal that has been overlooked by the viewing stone community. It is a comprehensive account of the illustrated works of viewing stones throughout the history of stone appreciation in China. Starting with the earliest cave and hand scroll paintings of stones and continuing to present day leading artists of stone paintings, this volume includes important western scholarly publications as well as the Chinese literature. It includes all the better-known illustrated works but also includes lesser-known publications such as Yan Daxiu’s Hundred Stone Garden, color paintings of 100 stones, completed in 1933. The inclusion of modern non-traditional paintings of stones further adds to the value of this issue.

This is the only work that we know of that has assembled this information in one volume. Unfortunately, this number of copies printed of each issue of Cang Pin are limited; thus, this issue is difficult to obtain. An English language translation of this issue would be of great value to the limited number of important reference relating to Chinese stone appreciation.

Rating: Excellent, a valuable reference for Chinese stone connoisseurs.

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