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Hi there,I guess Thierry is a worthwhile investment then.
It seems accessible enough. I remember Cuneo being quite interesting, but saw it only in a specialized library once. Where the heck CAN you find that book??
Seems like a few books like that by Cuneo and Robert Edwards' fortifications of Armenian Cilicia are next to impossible to find.
Just on the topic - I am wondering if you guys can help on these:
1. Can't seem to find this article either - guessing its the automative piece on Khorakert?
Scalesse, T, 'Il convento di Xorakert', Primo Simposio Internazionale di Arte Armena: Atti, (1978), 619-640.
2. I recall in revue etudes Armeniens something on a wonderful pagan temple somewhere in the forests of tavush (thierry?) anyone recall the name or location?
3. Ive seen some older high res photos of varzahan online showing inscriptions on walls - is it certain they had none?
Concerning your question about scanning the Xorakert article: As I do not have a scanner and all I could do is to take photos and share them. But to be honest, I don't know you and I am not keen on thinking about copy rights...So, 2 comments.
Among those books I saw thrle Dvin basilica book and also some other basilicas.
In italian- these the ones?
Also- would it be too agressive to ask for a scan of te article on Khorakert?
https://www.collectif2015.org/en/Le-Cou ... zahan.aspxAnd when in Bayburt he took photographs of the castle walls and their inscriptions.
http://www.bayburtpostasi.com.tr/dosya/ ... h9775.html
http://www.bayburtmedya.com/orbelinin-1 ... lenimleri/
I think it inconceivable that he did not also take pictures of the churches at Varzahan. But I know of no such published photographs. Do they still exist somewhere? Perhaps the unattributed photos used in the Varzahan postcards were by Orbeli?
The leftovers are on ebay, seller is buchfundus-berlin. No reduction in prices though, and nothing much left that is Armenia related (mostly lots of Iran-related stuff). A lot of articles from the 2nd International Symposium on Armenian Art are being listed individually.Concerning the prices: I also think that most of the prices are to high. But I do not blame anybody for that because these items are quite scarce and probably no ordinary book seller has a precise idea about their market prices. I sent the book seller an email and offered him a reasonable price for the voumes I wanted to buy. He accepted and both of us are happy.
First, a belated reply to the "I think that means that there are no more remote surprises left" - I think there probably are significant surprises left, but they will be connected to entire settlements or urban sites rather than individual monuments (take the Magazberd city site for example, as a published example), and also to the way sites relate to each other.Concerning Thierry's monograph on Vaspurakan: I never tried to compile all the articles about Vaspurakan in the REA. As soon I realized he had published this compilation I decided to rather get a copy of that. Judging from the few examples I've got to compare I think that the monograph is the better choice as it presents the content in a more strucured manner and propably Thierry improved at least some of his initial mistakes. The pictures are in b/w only.
I always found it quite difficult to trace down all of Thierrys articels in all the periodicals he used. Have you ever tried to get your hands on Handes Amsorya? Or Bedi Kartlisa? Taking this into consideration I really appreciated that he published his "Monuments arméniens de Haute-Arménie". Basically it contains older articles and probably also a couple of unpublished findings. Thierry was born in 1916 and "Haute-Arménie" was published in 2005, hence it seems to be highly probable that he (or rather his publisher) used old material. Although this guy must have been a fanatic I can't imagine a almost 90 year old french guy scrutinizing remote areas in Anatolia...
For me Thierry is the most important guiding star whenever travelling in eastern Turkey. I do not expect to find any buildings, ruins, or remains in the same condition they were described decades ago (I regret that but have to accept sad reality). But due to the incredible zeal of Jean-Michel and Nicole Thierry I vistited dozens of places I would never have found on my own.
During the past 25 years I collected a vast stock of publications about Armenian, Georgian, Byzantine, and Assyrian Architecture, mainly in nowadays Turkey. Starting from Lynch, Bachmann, Strzygowski and some other scholars and travelers from the 19th and beginning 20th century there was a kind of boom in the 60ies and 70ies (at least concerning Armenian Architecture). I've got the impression that since that time more contemporary publications tend to reproduce basically older findings. I think that means that there are no more remote surprises left. The last one I read about was the quite significante Georgian church in the mountains above Dört Kilise that Bruno Baumgartner discovered in the 90ies...
All the best and thanks for all your efforts and passion with VirtualAni.