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

Li Yunsheng. 2016.

Collection of Grand Classics of Famous Stones of Liuzhou. Vol. 5.

 Li Jiang Publishing Company. Guilin. 322 pp. ISBN: 978-7-5407-7939-9. 480 RMB when published.

This fifth volume of a series that was first published in 2002 firmly established Liuzhou and Guangxi provinces as major centers for modern stone appreciation in China. These volumes present the finest stones collected, or stone displays developed, in the last two or three years in southern China. Not only are the stones illustrated in this volume excellent, but it shows us that the base styles and method of displaying bases are slowly changing. In the edition, low box and platform styles of bases reminiscent of those used in ancient times can be seen. Many traditional Jiangnan style bases are also present. But most noticeable are the growing number of modern contemporary-style bases with elaborate carving of naturalistic landscape scenes. The base and the display table are being combined into a single unit.

The volume along with the previous four volumes constitutes one of the most important sets of references for the study of modern southern Chinese viewing stones. They are providing a continuous timeline of the evolving types of stones collected and the manner in which they are displayed.

Rating: excellent, a volume that will grow in importance and value over time.



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