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China and Gardens of Europe of the Eighteenth Century, Sirén, Osvald
1 Sirén, Osvald China and Gardens of Europe of the Eighteenth Century
New York, New York, U.S.A. The Ronald Press Company 1950 Presumed First Edition Buckram Very Good Minus No Jacket 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Presumed first printing of the first American edition; author's foreword dated April 1950. Printed and presumed bound in Great Britain. A non-circulating ex-library copy and with few of the usual ex library markings. In the original heavy-duty binding. Medium green buckram binding, with fairly crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the front board and to the spine. Clean and well-preserved binding with gentle bumping to the spine head and tail and with fairly sharp corners. Some minor fading of the fabric along the gutters. The text block is securely bound in. 12 x 9.25 inches. With xiv and 223 numbered pages of text, plus unnumbered pages of 192 full-page B&W plates. Heavy coated stock for the plates. The text secton interspersed with numerous plans and figures, several in color. No staining, internal foxing or tears observed. A very clean copy, and fairly tight. Gently read. A Very Good Minus copy. A heavy book. 
Price: 240.00 USD
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Chinese Paintings in American Collections, Part II, Annales du Musée Guimet, Sirén, Osvald
2 Sirén, Osvald Chinese Paintings in American Collections, Part II, Annales du Musée Guimet
Paris and Brussels Les Editions G. van Oest 1928 First Edition Buckram Good Plus Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall 
Note that thiis is Part II only of a two volume work. Annales du Musée Guimet, Bibliothéque d'art, Nouvelle Série II. Presumed first printing of the first edition, 1928. Author's preface dated November 1924. Presumed printed and bound in France. NOT ex-library. Contemporary heavy-duty binding. Medium blue buckram, with fairly crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spine. Light rubbing to the boards, else a reasonably clean binding. Moderate bumping and light abrasion to the spine head and tail, and slight rubbing to the gently bumped corners. Joints tender but holding; a crack is evident between the first and second signatures. The book is moderately cocked. 16.5 x 12.5 inches. T.E.G. There is no text section. With a title page plus Plates 81 through 200 complete; we can find no missing plates. All plates full-page in B&W. Heavy matte stock for the plates. Plates printed by Leon Marotte, Paris. On the whole the plates are exceptionally clean. A Good Plus copy. Somewhat scarce. A heavy book. This book appears to have been issued in a format of five portfolios of loose plates as well as in an edition of two bound volumes. 
Price: 995.00 USD
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Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, Sirén, Osvald
3 Sirén, Osvald Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century
London, England Ernest Benn Limited 1925 First British Edition Buckram Very Good Minus Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
Full title: Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, over 900 specimens in stone, bronze, lacquer and wood, principally from northern China. With descriptions and an introductory essay by Osvald Sirén. Complete in four volumes. Vol. I, Text; Vol. II, Plates 1-205; Vol. III, Plates 206-421; Vol. IV, Plates 422-623. Please note that Vols. I, III and IV are published by Ernest Benn, London, 1925, whereas Vol II is published by Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, 1925. The bindings are identical although the Scribner's volume states "Scribners" at the tail of the spine rather than "Benn." Author's preface dated New Year 1925. Printed in Great Britain by the Mayflower Press, Plymouth, except that the collotype plates were printed in France under the direction of Ernest Benn Ltd.'s continental department. Bound in Great Britain by William Brendon & Son. Contemporary cocoa brown buckram bindings, with crisp gilt-stamped sculpture design to the front boards and with faded gilt-stamped lettering to the spines. The bindings are generally clean but scuffed and rubbed, especially along the edges. Moderately bumped spine heads and tails, with minor to moderate abrasion. Also with minor to moderate bumping/abrasion to the corners. Vol. II with a 2 inch fabric split at the very top of the front gutter. Vol. IV with three 2 inch horizontal shallow gouges to the front board, not tearing the buckram; a cosmetic issue only. All text blocks firmly bound in. Tidewater mark at the bottom edge of Vol. II and at the top and bottom edges of Vol. III. Small folio. 12.5 x 9 inches. Vol. I with cli and 168 numbered pages. Vol. II with a separate page for each of 205 plates. Also separate pages for each of the plates in Vols. III and IV. All plates in B&W on heavy stock. Mild foxing to the preliminaries of Vol. I. Vol. II with very small red seal of bookseller to the rear pastedown. Vol. IV with "LYONS" in small ink hand to the front pastedown and small red "chop mark" to the front FEP. Else a generally clean set of four volumes. Respectfully read. A Very Good Minus set. Scarce in any condition. A set of this same edition went for a final auction price of $40,000 (hammer price plus commission) on 13 Sep. 2012 at Christie's NY. That set was known to be from the personal library of C. T. Loo. Sirén later referred to this work as, "my well known repertory Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, vols. I-IV, London, 1925, ..... the illustrations in this work are often useful for the comparative analysis of style on which our classifications are based." Page 9, Chinese Sculptures in the von der Heydt Collection. Also included with your purchase is a condensed SDI edition of "Chinese Sculpture..." with descriptions and an introductory essay. ccxxv, 69, and 78 pages. With 623 plates. Believed to be a limited editon of 999 copies. 12.25 x 8.75 inches. Two volumes in slipcase. Burgundy leatherette with gilt-stamped lettering to the books and to the heavy-duty slipcase. Still in the original shrink-wrap. As New volumes in an As New slipcase. 
Price: 6000.00 USD
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Histoire des Arts Anciens de la Chine. I: La période préhistorique l'époque Tcheou. L'époque Tch' ou et Ts'in. II: L'époque Han et les six Dynasties. III: La Sculpture de L'époque Han a L'époque Ming., Sirén,Osvald
4 Sirén,Osvald Histoire des Arts Anciens de la Chine. I: La période préhistorique l'époque Tcheou. L'époque Tch' ou et Ts'in. II: L'époque Han et les six Dynasties. III: La Sculpture de L'époque Han a L'époque Ming.
Paris et Bruxelles Les Éditions G. Van Oest 1929 First French Edition Leatherette Very Good Plus Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
Ce livre est écrit en français, pas en anglais. "Édition originale de cet ouvrage considérable sur l'histoire et l'archéologie chinoises. Les planches photographiques en héliotypie portent pour la plupart plusieurs figures montrant des objets de mobilier : poteries, chaudrons, cloches, garnitures en bronze, pièces de chars en bronze, objets en jade, miroirs, broches, bijoux, lampes, sculptures, etc. Exemplaire incomplete: 3 des 4 volumes." In French, not in English. Published as part of the series, Annales du Musée Guimet, Bibliothéque d'art, Nouvelle série III. This set consists of the first three of four volumes. The first two volumes published in 1929, the third in 1930. With descriptions and an introductory essay by Osvald Sirén. Vol. I, La période préhistorique, L'époque Tcheou, L'époque Tch'ou et Ts'in; Vol. II, L'époque Han et les six Dynasties; Vol. III La sculpture de l'époque Han à l'époque Ming. Missing is Vol. IV L'architecture. Printed and bound in Tours, France by L'imprimerie Arrault. Heliotypes by A. Faucheaux in Cheles, France. Modern heavy-duty bindings of burgundy leatherette [imitation leather], with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spines. The bindings are immensely clean and with no apparent scuffing or rubbing. Generally unbumped spine heads and tails, and with sharp corners. All text blocks firmly bound in. Small folio. 13 x 9 inches. Lovely marbled paper pastedowns and opposite FEPs. Vol. I with vi and 95 numbered pages of text and with 108 plates. Vol. II with 119 numbered pages of text and with 120 plates. Vol. III with 105 numbered pages of text and with 128 plates. All plates in B&W on heavy stock. Remarkably, as to each volume, we can find no age spotting or foxing. The first volume with previous owner name and address in a neat ink script to a preliminary blank page. Overall an immensely clean set of volumes. Very gently read; some pages are unopened. Originally issued in paperback format; slipped in are the three front wrappers. A Near Fine to Very Good Plus set. One would be hard put to find a finer set. Thanks due to Hordern House Rare Books for the following commentary: "Scarce and historically important set documenting the art of China, including hundreds of photographic plates from the author's personal archive. Osvald Sirén [1879-1966] was a pre-eminent sinologist and art historian of his generation. After completing a thesis on the European Renaissance, Sirén was drawn to oriental art through a personal interest in Theosophy. So began a life-long interest, of which Histoire des Arts Anciens de la Chine is a crowning achievement. Sirén was appointed professor at Stockholm University, although he lectured little and preferred to communicate through published works. Furthermore, like many art historians of the era, he advised private collectors and acquired artworks of significance during his travels in China. Sirén visited China several times between the wars, traveling widely and documenting remote and inaccessible sites. The present work reproduces many of the author's photographs, and as such forms a unique visual archive of Chinese art. (Sadly, some of the sites documented in this series, including remote shrines and Buddhist wall paintings, did not survive the ravages of the cultural revolution.)" 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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