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Take a journey through the remarkable oasis known as AlUla, a spectacular landscape nestled deep within the ancient sands of northwest Saudi Arabia. The history of the vast and fruitful valley of AlUla, also known as Wadi al-Qura (Valley of Villages), can be traced back to the Paleolithic period, around 200,000 BCE, when humans first settled there, to the modern populations who explore it today. Presented in all its stark beauty, Assouline’s newest Spring title AlUla leads readers through this beautiful land’s rugged mountains and striking canyons, a fertile valley that formed a natural passage for caravans and travellers on the Incense trade route, with plentiful groundwater and soil that allowed many civilizations to thrive for thousands of years. Each page delves into this land’s ancient mystique while highlighting the people who have also left their powerful mark on the land. From prehistoric hunter-gatherers, to the Dadanites, the Nabataeans, the Romans, early Muslims, to present-day populations who have mingled and exchanged cultural ideas, AlUla is filled with countless traces of age-old sites, languages, culture and economic prosperity.
Available in Assouline’s exclusive Ultimate and XXL formats, this oversize luxury volume is a true historic treasure of human milestones and natural wonders, sharing the majesty of AlUla.
- 156 pages
- 90 illustrations
- English language
- Released in May 2020
- L 35.5 x W 42 cm D 7.6 cm
- Handcrafted edition in a luxury clamshell case
- ISBN: 9781614289357
- 8.1 kg
Assouline’s Ultimate Collection is an homage to the art of luxury bookmaking. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper, each page of this limited-edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. Treating a range of topics from jewelry and fashion, fine art and the ‘Impossible Collections,’ the Ultimate Collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Nestled in linen clamshell presentation cases, these books attract collectors, lovers of the printed page, and those who devour the culture of our time. Signaling a new level of sophistication for true connoisseurs, these unique books are works of art in their own right.