Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. Hardbound. Green cloth with gold lettering; photographic dj with white lettering; 262 pp. with 27 color plates and 98 bw figures, plus additional illustrations. VG/VG. Item #111476
Islamic gardens began from the pracical need to organize the surrounding space of human civilization, tame nature, enhance the earth's yield, and create a legible map on which to distribute natural resources. Ruggles follows the evolution of these early farming efforts to their aristocratic apex in famous formal gardens of the Alhambra in Spain and the Taj Mahal in Agra. Richly illustrated with photographs and site plans.
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