Briggs, Lawrence Palmer; Ancient Khmer Empire, The
This is a source book of early Khmer civilization, covering its art and architecture during the Funan (first century to c. 550), and Chenla (c. 550-802) periods, culminating with the Angkor period (802-1432) when the disastrous sacking of the capital by the Siamese in 1431 effectively brought this culture to a close. This source book is illustrated with numerous photographs, maps, and floor plans as well as dynastic genealogies of this great culture. In this reprint some illustrations from the Garnier Mission and Le Monde Illustré have been added.
WL Order Code 22664
Bangkok 2012 197 pp., fully illus. in col. 9 pp. chatrs. with CD, 150 x 210 mm, 0.360 kg
Mollerup, Asger; Ancient Khmer Sites in Eastern Thailand
Ancient Khmer Sites in Eastern Thailand This book is the first comprehensive inventory of ancient Khmer sites in eastern Thailand since the now more than one century-old works of Étienne Aymonier, Étienne Lunet de Lajonquière, and Major Erik Seidenfaden, describing ninety-six sites in the provinces of Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Chachoengsao, Prachinburi, and Sra Kaeo. Museums and temples in the area exhibiting Khmer artifacts. Quarries, ancient moated sites, and ancient routes are described as well. Location, era, and orientation are presented together with a short description about the site, inscriptions, associated water structures such as moats, small ponds (sra), larger basins (baray), nearby rivers, and geographical context. The attached CD contains some 3,000 color photographs and satellite images. The appendices introduce The Indian Circle, an ancient method of determining the cardinal directions, and reveal the results of the author’s GPS-based field research about archaeo-astronomy in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia based on some 400 temples.
WL Order Code 8800
Earendrapur 1977 and 2002, 2nd.ed 302 pp., 13 pp., illus., 185 x 240 mm, 0.610 kg
Kar, Amina Ahmed; Angkorian Records, The
The author uncovers sources of Cambodian culture and traces them to pre-Islamic Iranian roots. She postulates Iranian elements in the literature, epigraphs, and art of Cambodia in particular and Southeast Asia in general. To give an example: “The moon as an epiphany identifiable with the king is indicated by several inscriptions. Indian veneration for the ‘moon’ is well-known. But here the description of the rays of the moon as 'the giver of justice' directly refers to an Iranian concept of ‘the light of the moon as the instrument of justice’,” writes Bratindra Nath Mukherjee and concludes... “her broad hypothesis seems to be now well substantiated. She indeed opened up a new avenue of research. It is now the duty of historians of Southeast Asia to search further down the avenue.”
WL Order Code 22491/1-2
Bangkok 2007, 366+220 pp., Vol. I, 9 pp. figures, 3 pp. maps, 22 pp. plans, Vol. II, fully illus., 41 pp. in col., 210 x 297 mm, 2.100 kg
Gorer, Geoffrey; Bali and Angkor
In the early 1930s, Geoffrey Gorer went on a three months’ pleasure trip to Sumatra, Java, Bali, Thailand and Cambodia. Although, as he modestly points out in the Foreword to Bali and Angkor, he “was obviously debarred from writing a serious book about these regions”, he was nevertheless able to produce a very superior book of travel which can be read with great enjoyment today—fifty years after publication. Recent travel writing about Southeast Asia may describe more adventurous journeys, contain more practical information and be more splendidly illustrated, but what Bali and Angkor lacks in these respects is more than made up for by Geoffrey Gorer’s very considerable powers of observation and his interest in trying to interpret the role that art and religion play in the life of the Balinese and the Khmers. His writing also has great style. If it is correct that genuine travel has become a lost art, one of the best ways to experience it vicariously would be to read Bali and Angkor.
WL Order Code 22513
Bangkok 2006, 160 pp., 48 pp. illus., 32 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 295 mm, 0.400 kg
Sahai, Sachchidanand; Bayon of Angkor Thom, the
This book offers offers an in-depth analysis of the temple which holds the key to the understanding of Khmer civilization. Its role as the geometric centre of the city of Angkor Thom and as a veritable microcosm of the Khmer world has been lucidly explained in this monograph. How did this center-piece of the Angkor art gradually succumb to the dense tropical forest after Angkor was abandoned in the fifteenth century? How did it re-emerge as a bewildering complex of face-towers as a result of a century of patient research and restoration? The monograph addresses a number of such crucial questions. This enigmatic creation of Angkor art has been studied in its manifold dimensions, critically analyzing the Sanskrit and Khmer epigraphic sources and extensive secondary sources available exclusively in French scholarly writings, and providing an easier access to the vast technical literature to both the general readers and researchers. In a lucid and straightforward style the author delves deep in the process of rediscovery of the temple of Bayon, unveiling of its layout and architectural features, the reconstitution of its central image from innumerable fragments and the enigma of its colossal face-towers. Through the presence of the Sakabrahmana at the Bayon, the reader will rediscover Iranian elements in Khmer civilization via Indian channels. A careful examination of ideological shifts explains how the temple served the Mahayana, Shaivite and Theravada faith in various phases of its existence. The Bayon or becomes a palpable reality as the culmination of the Angkor art in this well-documented monograph which offers an indispensable reading to every researcher and visitor to Angkor.
WL Order Code 22027
Bangkok 1998, first English trans. of 1604; 220 pp., 150 x 210 mm, 0.330 kg
San Antonio, Gabriel Quiroga de; Brief and Truthful Relation of Events in the Kingdom of Cambodia, A
This is one of the earliest accounts of Cambodia and other destination countries of early missionaries in the region. More specifically it is the account with which Gabriel Quiroga de San Antonio, a Dominican missionary, attempted to draw the King of Spain into conquering the country in 1604. The book was introduced by the eminent French scholar, Antoine Cabaton and is translated into English, from the French edition of 1914, for the first time. It deals with the internal political turmoil in Cambodia and with attempts of the Portuguese, Spanish and Siamese to take advantage of the situation. Within the context of the geopolitics of the time, the author also describes other countries in which such trade rivalry was in progress and their rulers, e.g., Siam, the Moluccas, the Kingdoms of Champa and Cochinchina and the Philippines. Father Gabriel de San Antonio explicitly places his peregrinations around Asia in the context of the foundation of missionary and trading posts. This book is a must for scholars of Cambodia and for all those who want to better comprehend the troubled history of this country.
WL Order Code 21971
Bangkok 1997, 343 pp., 18 pp. illus., 6 pp. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.600 kg
Mehta, Harish C.; Cambodia Silenced
This is the first book on the history of the Khmer press and its struggle for existence under six regimes since the 1930s. The press survived colonial rule, a major coup, genocide, civil war, and Vietnamese occupation. The press was censored and shut down, Khmer journalists were threatened, attacked, and murdered, and several foreign correspondents were captured and killed while covering the civil war. The French denied newspapers licenses to publish, and an equally docile press existed under Sihanouk’s rule. Sihanouk wrote arcane and elegant editorials in his journals to rebut criticism in the foreign press about his style of governance. The Lon Nol regime subjected the press to heavy-handed censorship and the Khmer Rouge, on seizing power, shut it down ahead of the genocide. The Heng Samrin regime’s journals were never allowed to stray from the official line. Newsmen were still being attacked and murdered after the royal government came to power in 1993, and journalism remained a dangerous profession.
Jennar, Raoul M.; Cambodian Chronicles Vol. 1: Bungling a Peace Plan 1989-1996
This first volume brings together all the reports (both published and unpublished) written by Raoul Marc Jennar on Cambodia’s political, economic, military and diplomatic situation from the beginning of the peace talks until the signing of the Paris Agreement in 1991. It was these reports that contained the first announcements of various major developments affecting the route towards peace. These included, in 1990, the ending of Soviet Bloc aid to the Phnom Penh regime; the conflict in the same year between the two main wings of the Communist party in power and the end to the opening up of the political spectrum; the economic colonization of Cambodia by unscrupulous Thai businessmen; and the continuation, after the signing of the Paris Agreement in 1991, of the collaboration between some elements of the Thai military and industrial establishment and the Khmer Rouge. These reports were also the first to denounce the shortcomings, the contradictions and the weaknesses of the Agreements that were being negotiated.
Heder, Steve; Cambodian Communism and the Vietnamese Model. Vol.1: Imitation and Independence, 1930-1975
This work demonstrates that the portrayal of the Khmer Rouge as a movement led by French-educated intellectuals hostile to Vietnamese Communism is fundamentally flawed. Based on Khmer Rouge and Vietnamese Communist documents and interviews, the book shows the two movements were much closer to each other than either of the two ever admitted. The French-educated Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot, was deeply influenced by the Vietnamese, whilst the often dominant Vietnamese-trained Brother Number Two, Nuon Chea, made crucial decisions. French degree holders like Khieu Samphan played marginal roles compared to Vietnamese-trained cadres. Vietnamese Communist doctrine is key to understanding the ideology of the Khmer Rouge, who were driven by a desire to imitate but independently outdo Vietnamese successes, to prove Cambodians were better Communists than Vietnamese. This launched the Khmer Rouge on a disastrous trajectory of believing they were the best Communists in the world. With a foreword by David P. Chandler, this book takes the story to 1975.
Jennar, Raoul M.; Cambodian Constitutions (1953-1993), The
This book examines the six constitutions Cambodia has had since its independence in 1953. What are the Cambodian institutions today? What are the powers of the King? How is the succession to the throne ensured in an elective monarchy? Are human rights protected in a country where the worst of crimes against humanity have been committed? How independent is the judiciary? The new Constitution, promulgated on 24 September 1993, answers these questions. This collection, where each of the fundamental laws is placed in its historical perspective, includes the founding texts of the first independent Cambodian Kingdom, the Khmer Republic of Field Marshal Lon Nol, Democratic Kampuchea of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, Heng Samrin’s People’s Republic of Kampuchea, and Hun Sen’s State of Cambodia.
WL Order Code 21949
Bangkok 1997, 404 pp., 32 pp. illus., 12 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.670 kg
Bekaert, Jacques; Cambodian Diary Vol. 1: Tales of a Divided Nation 1983-1986
The diaries cover the turbulent and dramatic recent history of Cambodia (1983-1986). We see a country emerging from the disaster of the Khmer Rouge era, only to find itself embroiled in a protracted war. This first volume discusses the ups and downs of the resistance, the secretive life of the communist party, the suffering of the people, the emergence of new leaders, like Prince Ranariddh and Hun Sen, and the continuous efforts of Prince Sihanouk to bring peace to his troubled land. The diary moves, week after week, from the Thai-Cambodian border to Hanoi, Beijing, Bangkok, Paris or Washington and of course to Phnom Penh and the Cambodian countryside. From the Khmer Rouge to born-again capitalists, from low intensity conflict to international intrigues, here is a first hand history of contemporary Cambodia.
WL Order Code 22011
Bangkok 1998, 509 pp., 56 pp. illus., 16 pp. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.730 kg
Bekaert, Jacques; Cambodian Diary Vol. 2: A Long Road to Peace 1987-1993
Volume 2 describes how first the People’s Republic of Kampuchea of Heng Samrin appears and disappears and, then, how Hun Sen abandons communism and the capitalist State of Cambodia emerges. And as a constant feature throughout, there are the people, main actors and front line victims of the drama.
WL Order Code 22019
Bangkok 1998, 136 pp., 8 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.230 kg
Vann Nath; Cambodian Prison Portrait, A
The harrowing tale of a survivor of a secret prison known as Tuol Sleng or S-21, where more than 14,000 men, women and children were tortured and executed during the Khmer Rouge regime. The author is one of only a handful of people who can describe life in the prison. Upon entering S-21 in 1977, Vann Nath was beaten and tortured and almost starved to death. But because of his prior training as an artist, he was not killed: instead he was put to work painting portraits of Pol Pot, or “Brother Number One”, leader of the Khmer Rouge’s crual experiment in radical Maoism. When Vietnamese troops invaded Cambodia and entered the capital city in January 1979, toppling the Khmer Rouge government, Vann Nath escaped. By that point more than one million people throughout Cambodia had died from executions, starvation, forced labor, or disease as a result of the Khmer Rouge’s attempt to force an agrarian revolution. When a Museum of Genocide was created on the grounds of the former prison at the end of 1979, Vann Nath went back to Tuol Sleng, working there for several years. He returned to his former craft, painting scenes of prison life so that visitors could learn of the crimes of the Khmer Rouge. His paintings hang in the museum today. Vann Nath’s words and paintings, published here, stand as a testimony to the horrors of Pol Pot’s Cambodia.
WL Order Code 810
Paris 1931, (or a later 2nd printing) 130 pp., 50 pp. illus., 225 x 300 mm, 0.800 kg
Groslier, George; Collections Khmeres du Musee Albert Sarraut a Phnom Penh, Les
This book contributes to the study of Khmer archeology, displaying the best pieces of the Phnom Penh museum on fifty splendid plates. The Albert Sarraut Museum, set up in 1919, is the national museum of Cambodia. Apart from a few rare exceptions, it preserves only Cambodian works found in the country itself, from those that can be dated to the most distant epochs to those which are produced nowadays by artists working in a renaissance style. Thus, because of its unity and diversity, it allows the reader to obtain an overview of the evolution of Khmer genius, whether in the production of statues, decorative sculpture, ceramics, bronze and precious metals art, pure or iconographic plastic arts, epigraphy, or history.
WL Order Code 22516
Bangkok 2007, 192 pp., 1 pp. illus., 2 pp. maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.290 kg
Slocomb, Margaret; Colons and Coolies: The Development of Cambodia's Rubber Plantations
Recounts the history of the development of Cambodia’s rubber industry during the 1920s and 1930s. Using archival material from the era of the French Protectorate, it examines how French capital combined with Khmer land and Tonkinese labour to transform the red lands of the eastern plateaus of Cambodia into vast plantations. The book argues that the model of capitalistic colonisation—rational, bureaucratic, profit-driven, and divorced from traditional agricultural practices—established by the French remains the model for indigenous colonisation by the ruling elite in Cambodia today for large scale agribusinesses involving logging, fishing, cash and export crops such as palm oil and cashews, and further rubber plantations.
WL Order Code 22632
Bangkok 2009, 502 pp., 24 pp. illus., 7 pp. maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.700 kg
Bourdier, Frederic; Development and Dominion: Indigenous Peoples of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos
This book deals with prevailing development ideologies and their impacts on indigenous societies with a particular focus on Cambodia, Laos and the central highlands of Vietnam. It reinforces the idea that development, as it is conceptualized and implemented, radically undermines local communities’ ability to control the parameters of inevitable social and material changes. The more development projects choose new objectives and operating models the more the rhetoric and practices remain the same. One of the strengths of the presentations is to convincingly advocate closer ethnographic understanding in order to make any sort of cross-cultural negotiations and mutual engagement meaningful. This imperative is known to some extent, but it needs to be implemented more vigorously to make it more persuasive. As a result, anthropology of development rather than development anthropology is proposed. The essential difference lies in the point of engagement. Development anthropology seeks to do development better, by trying to mitigate the effects of top-down programs and allow some breathing space for local people to express their input. Anthropology of development, on the other hand, questions the very operating premises of contemporary development. This point is very much in line with the intent of the current book, even if some of the authors in this book opt to challenge this position, being convinced that it is not the best strategy to offer radical critiques that few people in the world of development listen to, and preferring to work within the world of development programs in the hope of providing salient lessons and constructive models.
WL Order Code 22660
Bangkok 2011, 358 pp., 16 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.580 kg
Schliesinger, Joachim; Ethnic Groups of Cambodia, Vol.1: Introduction and Overview
Ethnic Groups of Cambodia, Introduction and Overview, is the first of a comprehensive three-volume work that provides a detailed account of the ethnic groups of Cambodia. All three volumes are lavishly illustrated in color and contain relevant references. The present volume looks first at the effect of historic events in Southeast Asia on ethnic distribution in Cambodia today. It then presents an overview of these ethnic groups and their linguistic classifications, cultures and traditions and geographic locations. The book also provides detailed population statistics from French colonial times to the latest Population Census of 2008. The text is supported by 91 color illustrations.
WL Order Code 22661
Bangkok 2011, 313 pp., 16 pp. illus. in col., 150 x 210 mm, 0.460 kg
Schliesinger, Joachim; Ethnic Groups of Cambodia, Vol.2: Profile of Austro-Asiatic Spaking People
Ethnic Groups of Cambodia, Profile of Austro-Asiatic-Speaking Peoples,is the second of a comprehensive three-volume work that gives a detailed account of the ethnic groups of Cambodia. All three volumes are lavishly illustrated in color and contain relevant references. The present volume provides individual sketches of each of the 23 Mon-Khmer-speaking groups. These include historical background and descriptions of costumes, crafts, house and village designs, agriculture and economy, society and religion. There are fascinating glimpses of remote and rarely seen ethnic groups and description of rapidly disappearing traditions. Ninety-seven color illustrations provide portraits of these groups.
WL Order Code 22662
Bangkok 2011 350 pp., 32 pp. illus. 150 x 210 mm, 0.515 kg
Schliesinger, Joachim; Ethnic Groups of Cambodia, Vol.3: Profile of Austro-Thai and Sinitic Speaking People
Ethnic Groups of Cambodia-Profile of Austro-Thai and Sinitic-Speaking Peoples, is the final volume of a compreehensive three-volume work that provides a detailed account of the ethnic groups of Cambodia. All three volumes are lavishly illustrated in color and contain relevant references.
This volume presents each of the three Austronesian- and 10 Tai speaking groups as well as the Chinese people. For each group there is an outline history and descriptions of costumes, crafts, housing, agriculture, society, economy and beliefs. The daily life of these people is revealed in 97 color illustrations. Further, this volume provides a comprehensive bibliography on ethnic matters that is relevant to all three volumes.
WL Order Code 22170
Bangkok 2000, first English trans. of 1926; 228 pp., 78 pp. illus., 255 x 340 mm, 1.900 kg
Finot, Louis, Henri Parmentier & Victor Goloubew; Guide to the Temple of Banteay Srei At Angkor, A
Originally published in 1926, this is the first study of the temple that many consider the crown jewel of the entire Angkor Wat complex. Written a decade after the temple’s rediscovery, these three groundbreaking essays by eminent French scholars discuss its architecture, iconography, history, and dating. The section on the Sanskrit and Khmer inscriptions found at the site is an invaluable tool for understanding this period of Khmer history and for illuminating aspects of its religious and daily life. Line drawings and photographs illustrate the study. Indispensable for the specialist, the volume will also appeal to the general reader interested in Southeast Asian architecture, history, and religion.
Bizot, F. & O. Von Hinueber; Guirlande de Joyaux Textes Bouddhiques du Cambodge Vol. 2, La
This text, known as Ratanamālā in Pāli, is a poem comprised of 108 syllables giving homage to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The Buddha himself was said to have prescribed the recitation of syllables from this text as a means of protection. These syllables are memorized by Buddhists in the form of mantras and their graphical representation has produced a host of elaborate protective diagrams. This book provides the original Khmer and Pali texts, along with a French translation and commentary. It also includes a section showing the usage of these syllables in mantras and diagrams.
WL Order Code 22278
Bangkok 2001, 156 pp., 91 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 290 mm, 0.570 kg
Zefferys, Marlene L., Nicolas, S. Zefferys, and Jeffrey Stone; Heaven and Empire: Khmer Bronzes from the 9th to the 15th Centuries
This survey features some of the world’s finest examples of the art of the lost wax method of bronze casting. The superb artists of the Khmer Empire of ancient Cambodia blended the two greatest influences of their time, Hinduism and Buddhism, to create bronze images that reflected the religious, mystical, and sensual beauty of this culture. The text features bronzes from the collections of the Phnom Penh Royal Museum of Fine Art, The National Museum Bangkok, The National Museum Phimai, and from private collections, many never before published. The volume is a must for collectors, antique dealers, art historians, libraries, and museums as well as those interested in learning about this magnificent art form of the Khmer Empire.
WL Order Code 22652
Bangkok 2011 111 pp., 21 pp. illus. 16 pp. in col., 1 map. 210 x 295 mm, 0.440 kg
Ter Horst, John; Ikat Weaving and Ethnic Chinese Influences in Cambodia
It is said that the contemporary Cambodian silk industry is centuries old and can be traced back to the 12th century courts of Angkor. The hand-woven ceremonial dress, the sampot hol, is even considered a national costume and provides the war-stricken Cambodians great pride. However, little is known about how the ikat-weaving industry is economically organized, how many silk weavers produce ikat woven ceremonial dresses, where the silk yarn comes from, and who the main customers are. The ethnic identity of the silk weavers and traders is also something of a mystery. Although Khmer and Cham involvement in the Cambodian ikat-weaving industry has been documented, the ethnic Chinese dominance of both the production and trade of silks has been neglected so far. Making use of French colonial archives the author fills this gap and describes under what conditions Cantonese silk weavers and traders arrived in Cambodia at the end of the 19th century. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Cambodia he also describes under what economic, political, and cultural conditions the once humble rural silk industry grew into a global network. This network is not in the hands of the ethnic Khmer, but is dominated by Sino-Khmer (Chinese Cambodians), descendents of the 19th century Cantonese immigrants.
WL Order Code 22641
Bangkok 2010, repr. from 1930; 183 pp., 149 pp. illus., 210 x 295 mm, pbk. (12 pp. in Eng. & 12 pp. in French), 0.800 kg
Sarraut, Albert; Indochina
Indochina is a reprint of the 1930 edition, with photographs mostly from the turn of the century. The French colonizers used the term Indochine to denote their political expansion of five bordering countries, namely, Laos, Cambodia, Cochinchina, with its capital at Saigon, Annam, with its capital at Hue, and Tonkin, with its capital at Hanoi. The introductory text, which was originally in French and has now been translated into English, was conceived bearing in mind the potential visitor and tourist to the region. Tourism was promoted to generate revenue and what better way was there to accomplish this than by depicting beautiful pictures of the landscape and its exotic people. The ninety-six original illustrations are supplemented by ninety-six postcards, dating back to the early 1900s, also known as the golden age of postcards. They portray the indigenous people, architecture, landscapes and other characteristics of the five countries that comprised Indochina.
Bastian, Adolf; Journey in Cambodia and Cochin-China (1864), A
This volume covers Dr Adolf Bastian’s journey from the border of present-day Thailand to present-day Saigon. Bastian was a renowned ethnographer, who founded both Berlin’s Museum für Völkerkunde (Ethnological Museum) and the Berlin Anthropological Society, and his work contains valuable observations and interpretations by one of the pioneers of ethnography. During his travels through Isan and parts of Cambodia then under Siamese rule, as well as while in Saigon, the author observes, describes and records almost every aspect of the spiritual life of various groups of people he meets. Bastian compares the situation in these regions and among different ethnic groups, frequently using Siamese terms to do so. This thorough and indefatigable German scholar is one of the early visitors to the temple of Angkor Wat, which he calls “Nakhon Vat”, witnessing its structures before they started to get looted. He describes other edifices built by Cambodia’s many ethnic groups, monastery slaves, and the Siamese administration of Cambodian territory. Bastian takes a special interest in the Cham people, presenting valuable information not found elsewhere. Life is described here in its manifold expressions and interactions, analyzed by a profound mind that had studied law at the University of Heidelberg and natural science as well as medicine in Berlin, Jena, and Würzburg.
WL Order Code 22053
Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1901; 282 pp., illus. and drawings, 5 pp. maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.520 kg
Aymonier, Etienne; Khmer Heritage in Thailand
This research report is a reference book on all Khmer edifices in present-day Thailand and the Laotian provinces that were formerly under Siamese control. They are located in the Menam Valley and on the Korat plateau, Bassac and the region between the Moon River and the Dangrek Mountains, as well as the old Isan provinces. The inventory emphasizes the Khmer inheritance in the fields of archaeology, inscriptions and etymology of present-day place names. Numerous descriptions and floor plans of temples and temple ruins as well as translations of important inscriptions are included. The author, who was a French authority on Khmer inscriptions, treats extensively the significance and lineage of various texts on these edifices, e.g. the inscriptions on the Ramkamhaeng stone.
WL Order Code 22054
Bangkok 1999, first English trans. of 1901; 318 pp., illus., 5 folded maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.570 kg
Aymonier, Etienne; Khmer Heritage in the Old Siamese Provinces of Cambodia
This book contains information on all the Khmer edifices in the present-day Cambodian provinces that were formerly under Siamese control. They comprise Melou Prey, Sisophon, Battambang and Siem Reap. The record emphasizes the Khmer inheritance in the fields of archeology, inscriptions and etymology of place names. Numerous descriptions and floor plans of temples and temple ruins are included. The author deals extensively with the significance and provenance of various texts found on these edifices. If not a tourist guide in the traditional sense, this book, as an exhaustive and detailed record of Khmer edifices, many of which are in much a poorer, or even plundered state today, is intrinsically a call for urgent action to save what still remains.
WL Order Code 22655
Bangkok 2011 174 pp., 9 pp. illus., 34 pp. in col. 210 x 295 mm., 0.600 kg
Dowling, Nancy; Measured Art, the: A Proportional Analysis of Early Khmer Sculpture
The Measured Art: A Proportional Analysis of Early Khmer Sculpture Offers an innovative approach to interpreting early Khmer sculpture. This book presents a proportional analysis in which measurements are taken directly from the images. In the absence of historical evidence about artistic practices in early Cambodia, this provides us with a new understanding of how the early Khmer sculptor calculated and manipulated the composition of his imagery. It further makes it possible to establish the first objective database for comparing the measurements of one form or image with another. The imagery, thereby, becomes actively involved in revealing its own historical narrative by clearly articulating in numerical terms how early Khmer sculpture changed overtime. Although early Khmer sculpture is aesthetically unique, its proportional systems rely heavily on ancient Indian texts concerning iconometry or proper proportions that are known elsewhere in other parts of the Indian world. Early Khmer sculpture hardly modifies these proportional systems over a period of nearly 200 years. Such evidence differs in part from a widely held opinion that the populations of Southeast Asia selectively adopted and then adapted Indian cultural traditions. Of special interest to scholars, curators, collectors and dealers is the practical application of proportional analysis in dating and authenticating early Khmer sculpture.
WL Order Code 21639
Bangkok 2001, (repr. from 1993) 180 pp., illus. in col., 210 x 295 mm, 1.000 kg
Igout, Michel; Phnom Penh Then and Now
The most comprehensive book on the history of the capital of Cambodia. It brings together 293 photographs, including numerous unpublished plates from the period 1863 to 1931, and a large number of old maps and drawings unknown until now. A comparison of the serial views of Phnom Penh in 1931 and in 1993 reveals the astonishing transformation of the city, especially in the former colonial quarter. The author, a specialist on Cambodia, evokes the former canals and bridges throughout the town, and the caiman hunts around the lake where the Grand Market is situated today. He defines the main stages in the urbanization of the city, from its foundation in the fifteenth century and its rebirth in the reign of King Norodom to the modern capital that developed after independence and the changes following in the years from 1975 to 1993.
WL Order Code 21865/N
Bangkok 1998, repr. 2006 in larger format 225 pp., fully illus., 41 pp. in col., 5 pp. maps, 250 x 335 mm, 1.400 kg
Delaporte, Louis & Francis Garnier; Pictorial Journey on the Old Mekong, A
In this third part of the Mekong Exploration Commission Report, 1866-1868, published as an oversized volume with numerous splendid color plates and four maps, the journey along the Mekong is retraced using plates not published in the two other volumes on the Mekong Expedition as well as by masterfully drawn color plates of tribal costumes from the regions the Commission passed through. This volume graphically supplements the descriptive reports of the Commission’s work and can be read fruitfully in its own right as a journey along the Old Mekong.
WL Order Code 22651
Bangkok 2010, 337 pp., illus., 19 pp. in col., 210 x 300 mm, 1.400 kg
Montague, Joel G.; Picture Postcards of Cambodia 1900-1950
An ambitious study of Cambodia's colonial history, this book examines picture postcards, a novel visual source that exploded as a revolutionary form of popular communication during the first half of the twentieth century. French military, civil servants and tourists bought thousands of exotic picture postcards as souvenirs and mailed them home from Indochina. The postcards presented a contrived, romantic image of the Cambodian Protectorate, capturing a remarkable and changing nation as the foundations of its traditional society were being dramatically changed. These cards are a treasure trove of rarely-seen images of Cambodia, which are today scattered among obscure archives, postcard dealers and private collections in France. This book includes hundreds of the best and rarest postcards of colonial Cambodia from the author's own collection. The book starts with an introduction covering the creation of what was to become French Indochina and its postal service. The postcards shown in the book are arranged and introduced according to seventeen chapters each with its own theme and each followed by appropriate postcard images. The themes are: the Cambodian Monarchy, the Royal Palace and its staff; Cambodia's capital—Phnom Penh; the Mekong River; the Khmer and other inhabitants of Cambodia; dance and music; cards with special interests such as the French and local military, the prison system, educational institutions, and hunting; the various religions of Cambodia, Cambodia's major towns and villages; the Cambodian economy, important events and rites of passage, Angkor Wat and other archaeological treasures; Cambodia's representation abroad including international fairs and expositions and a final chapter with rare examples of color picture postcards of the Protectorate of Cambodia. This is an important book on the iconography of Cambodia, a subject, until now, somewhat neglected by those interested in cultural history and photography.
WL Order Code 22490
Bangkok 2006, 261 pp., illus., 48 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 300 mm, 0.800 kg
Falser, Michael S.; Pre-Angkorian Temple of Preah Ko, the
The temple of Preah Ko, built in the 9th century AD, represents a unique transition point between the Pre-Angkorian and the Angkorian periods. It is undoubtedly one of the most important temple structures in Khmer architecture, if not in whole South-East Asia. This temple gave a whole range of 9th century temples their stylistic group name, Preah Ko-Style. Despite its importance, Preah Ko was rarely acknowledged in detail in academic literature. This work analyses Preah Ko in its historical, archaeological, architectural, stylistic and contemporary social and religious questions. Together with its unique collection of illustrations, it serves as an ideal source book of the Preah Ko-Style.
WL Order Code 21714
Bangkok 1994, 153 pp., 24 pp. illus. in col., 145 x 210 mm, 0.330 kg
Zhou Mei; Radio Untac of Cambodia
This book offers a fascinating snapshot of Cambodia on the threshold of a new beginning. The United Nations’ decision to venture into broadcasting was a groundbreaking move. Radio UNTAC became a sensation and a household name in Cambodia. The contribution of Radio UNTAC to the stupendous voter turn-out in the election cannot be quantified. It is irrefutable that radio UNTAC played a pivotal role in convincing the electorate: “Your vote is secret”. For planners of future missions, there are invaluable lessons to be learned from the experience of Radio UNTAC as a peacekeeping tool. For the general reader, this book offers an alternative to the microphone account of “mission” work. In the process, it records a chronicle of a country in transition as Cambodians defied the bullets and reached for peace via the ballots.
Antelme, Michel; Reappropriation en Khmer de Mots Empruntes par la Langue Siamoise au Vieux Khmer, La
Le voisinage entre Khmers et Siamois est séculaire. Ces deux sociétés, aux rapports tumultueux et féconds, se sont influencées réciproquement au cours de l’histoire et relèvent de la même aire de civilisation et de culture. Cet ouvrage s’intéresse à un aspect de leurs relations: les échanges lexicaux entre les deux communautés, et plus précisément le parcours suivi par certains mots vieux khmers entrés dans la langue siamoise depuis des siècles pour revenir en khmer.
The Khmer and the Siamese have been living as neighbors for several centuries. Over the course of history, the culture of the one has influenced the other in a dynamic cycle of mutual exchange. Through this often tumultuous but perpetually productive relationship, together the two constitute a unique cultural domain. In this study, the author brings to light one aspect of Khmer-Siamese relations: lexicographical exchanges. The historico-linguistic trajectory of Khmer terms is traced as they enter the Siamese language to return centuries later into Khmer.
WL Order Code 22266
Bangkok 1999 132 pp., illus. in col., 280 x 250 mm, 1.000 kg
Sahai, Sachchidanand; Shivapada in Khmer Art
Shivapada in Khmer Art offers a fascinating account of Shiva, the enigmatic god of the Hindu pantheon, ever present on the earth as ascetic, householder, and even as cultivator. Based on the original Sanskrit and Khmer literary sources, and the most recent archaeological research, the narrative developed here lucidly explains Shiva’s rule over the dream-space of the Khmer mind and his role as the ultimate teacher, unique dance master, and inexhaustible source of creative energy. This book is the first to place the footprints of Shiva on a par with the more widely known footprints of the Buddha and Vishnu, and explores the cross-cultural Indic, Khmer, and pan-Asian contexts. It is a remarkable rediscovery of nine major temple sites in the former Angkor Empire where Shiva made his presence felt, leaving his footprints as permanent markers of the triumph of ascetic power over worldly temptations. Presenting a theme entirely ignored in previous writings, this is a definitive and indispensable text for the general reader as well as for scholars interested in the cultural anthropology, art, architecture, religion, and mythology of Asia
WL Order Code 8088
Kuala Lumpur 1998, 98 pp., 35 pp. illus., 14 pp. in col., 135 x 200 mm, 0.240 kg
Dumarcay, Jacques; Site of Angkor, The
Of the numerous cultural sites in Cambodia, the best known by far is Angkor. The great archaeological remains found there are ranked among the most important in the world. The Site of Angkor introduces the reader to this remarkable complex. Its main focus is on the principal phases of construction at Angkor which reached their peaks with Angkor Wat and subsequently with Angkor Thom. It also narrates the pillage, temporary reoccupation, dormancy, rediscovery, and restoration of Angkor. Jacques Dumarcay has spent a lifetime of research devoted to Angkor and other archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. He is a leading expert on the temples and is admirably placed to summarize their most important features.
WL Order Code 22322
Bangkok 2003, 134 pp., 6 pp. illus., 2 pp. maps, 150 x 210 mm, 0.220 kg
Kersten, Carool; Strange Events in the Kingdoms of Cambodia
This book describes a turbulent decade in the relations between the Dutch East India Company and Cambodia, and also gives an account of the first recorded European venture into neighboring Laos. Composed of material from a variety of Dutch East India Company records, it was published in 1669 by Pieter Casteleyn, of Haarlem. The book gives detailed descriptions of the situation at the Cambodian court, Dutch-Cambodian commercial relations and the intense rivalry between the Dutch and Portuguese. The account of the expedition into Laos led by Gerard Wusthoff records interesting details on the route between Phnom Penh and Viang Chan. It is full of fascinating observations on Lao court ceremony, people’s customs and livelihood, and Buddhist traditions. The only translation ever made, in French, was commissioned in 1871 by the French explorer Francis Gamier, a former member of the French Mekong Exploration Commission (1866-1868). This first English translation of an important but much neglected source on Indochina is annotated with background introduction by the translator. It is a welcome addition to the growing body of texts on Southeast Asian history and travel.
WL Order Code 22514
Bangkok 2007, 240 pp., 102 pp. illus., 34 pp. plans, 215 x 295 mm, 0.900 kg
Kapur, Pradeep Kumar & Sachidanand Sahai; Ta Prohm: A Glorious Era in Angkor Civilization
The authors offers a new look at the biography of Jayavarman VII, focusing on the ideology of abnegation followed by this Angkorian monarch. With his well-developed policy of public welfare, the king surpassed the contemporary European kings. The monograph shows how Ta Prohm was intricately connected with the royal welfare programs, since its foundation stele describes in detail the assistance given to the hospitals from the royal treasury. The monograph presents the temple of Ta Prohm in the context of Cambodian history, as the first dated temple of the reign of Jayavarman VII (1186) symbolizing the perfect wisdom in Khmer civilization with the mother of the king represented as Prajnaparamita, the mother of the Buddha. The monastic and spiritual life at the temple has been graphically reconstructed through a closer study of the inscriptions of Ta Prohm. Impressive annual and daily grants offered by the royal treasury to sustain the spiritual life of the kingdom have been meticulously detailed. A systematic study of restoration policy has been made in the context of over a hundred years of practical experience at the sites of Angkor. It has been argued that Ta Prohm can be a useful test case for the refinement of ideology and techniques of restoration based on the criteria of authenticity. This first monograph-length study of the most enigmatic temple of Angkor complex offers an indispensable reading both for visitors and specialists interested in unlocking the puzzles of Angkor art.
WL Order Code 6621
Stuttgart 1988, 253 pp., illus. in col., 235 x 320 mm, 1.500 kg
Felten, Wolfgang and Martin Lerner; Thai and Cambodian Sculpture
This book brings together previously unpublished Cambodian, Thai and Vietnamese stone and bronze sculptures from nine centuries—from the style of Phnom Da, the mysterious mountain temple in the Mekong Delta, to the style of the Bayon, the apogee of Cambodian architecture. Selected from well-established private collections and museums all over the world, these forty-one sculptures, all of extra-ordinary quality, demonstrate how the highly developed civilization in Southeast Asia generated a power and aesthetic of its own.
WL Order Code 22117
Bangkok 2009, repr. from 1864; 424 pp., illus., 24 pp. illus. in col., folded map in pocket, 1 map, 150 x 210 mm, 0.620 kg
Mouhot, Henri; Travels in Siam, Cambodia, Laos and Annam Vol, 1
Originally published as: Travels in the Central Parts of Indo-China (Siam, Cambodia and Laos during the Years 1858, 1859 and 1860)
This travelogue is a classic description of parts of Cambodia, Laos, and Siam in the Reign of King Mongkut. Henri Mouhot is best known for re-discovering the ruins of Angkor Wat (the Khmers have of course always known about the ruins) thus, indirectly, causing a minor tourist boom there. His exploration first comprised the central area of Siam and the southeastern seaboard (Chantaburi), from there he reached Cambodia and the provinces then under Siamese Government’s control around the Tonle Sap. He also ventured into areas of Annam (present-day Central Vietnam) inhabited by “wild” tribes but returned to Battambang and Angkor, and eventually to Bangkok. Another journey took him to Petchaburi on the eastern part of the upper peninsula. His last journey covered the so-called Lao parts of Siam, now referred to as Isan, but at that time only loosely associated with the nation. His final destination was Luang Prabang. Part of his journey was originally published in the travel magazine Le Tour du Monde, but the present English version is more comprehensive in coverage.
WL Order Code 22628
Bangkok 2009, 142 pp., 3 pp. illus., 150 x 210 mm, 0.350 kg
Mouhot, Henri; Travels in Siam, Cambodia, Laos and Annam Vol. 2: Natural History Observations
Originally published as Travels in the Central Parts of lndo-China: Siam, Cambodia and Laos during the Years 1858, 1859 and 1860, this book offers a classic description of parts of Cambodia, Laos and Siam during the reign of King Mongkut. Volume 2 covers Mouhot’s scientific research that included: New Species of Mammals, Reptiles, Fresh-Water Fishes, Insects, and Shells, Atmospherical Observations, Translations of Chinese Tales and Fables, The Damier, or Cape Pigeon, and The Albatross, as well as Cambodian Vocabulary, Letters from H. Mouhot, Letters addressed to H. Mouhot, Letters addressed to the Family of H. Mouhot and a Paper read at the Royal Geographical Society.