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Chado: The Japanese Way of Tea, Sen, Sioshitsu
81 Sen, Sioshitsu Chado: The Japanese Way of Tea
U.S.A. Weatherhill 1979 0834815184 / 9780834815186 First Edition Cloth Very Good Plus Very Good Plus 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Printed and presumed bound in Japan. Brown silk-like binding, with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spine. Unbumped spine head and tail and with sharp corners. 10.25 x 7.25 inches. 186 numbered pages, and with numerous color and B&W plates. A very clean copy, and fairly tight. Gently read. Lovely full-pictorial dust jacket, slightly rubbed. A Very Good Plus copy in a Very Good Plus DJ. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Chinese Almanacs (Images of Asia), Smith, Richard J.
82 Smith, Richard J. Chinese Almanacs (Images of Asia)
Hong Kong Oxford University Press 1992 0195852885 / 9780195852882 First Edition Hard Cover Fine 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
From the Oxford series, Images of China. Presumed first English language edition. Primary text in English, with many of the illustrations in Chinese. Printed and bound in Hong Kong. Pictorial glossy paper hardboard binding, with crisp lettering and image in various colors. 7.75 x 5.25 inches. With x and 93 numbered pages and with 19 color plates, mostly full-page and all on coated stock, plus numerous B&W illustrations. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Text block firmly bound in. An immaculate copy, and very tight, with just a hint of shelf life. Almost certainly unread. No remainder marks. A Fine copy. 
Price: 14.95 USD
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The Ancient Art Stoneware of the Low Countries and Germany, or "Grès de Flandres" & "Steinzeug", Vols. I & II Complete, Solon, Marc-Louis
83 Solon, Marc-Louis The Ancient Art Stoneware of the Low Countries and Germany, or "Grès de Flandres" & "Steinzeug", Vols. I & II Complete
London, England Privately Printed 1892 First Edition Paperback Very Good Limited Edition Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall Solon, Marc-Louis Signed by Author
"Its Principal Varieties, and the Places where it was Manufactured during the XVIth and XVIIth Centuries." Signed by the author in a neat ink hand on the colophon page. Copy no. 89 of a limited edition of 270 copies on Dutch handmade paper. An additional XXX copies were issued on Japan paper. Privately printed by the Chiswick Press in collaboration with C. Whittingham and Co. With copperplate etchings produced by T. Brooker & Co., London, apparently using the chine-collé process, to allow the printmaker to pull finer details off the plate and to provide a background color behind the image that is different from the surrounding backing sheet. First and presumed only printing of this book. Principal text in English. 15.5 x 11.5 inches. Original paper wrappers and European-style over-wrappers, as issued, not a later rebinding. With title page reproduced on the front of the over-wrappers. The over-wrappers are somewhat age-darkened, especially along the spines, and there is some splattering to the front over-wrapper of Vol. l. Text blocks with generally unbumped spine heads and tails, and bindings with moderately bumped corners. Off-setting to the front and rear FEPs from the over-wrappers. With gently deckled fore and bottom page edges to a handsome effect. With 208 and 183 umbered pages. Illustrated with 15 copperplate etchings and with 210 B&W illustrations in text. All etchings and illustrations are by the author. Also with charming headbands and decorated initials. A few of the etchings with tiny, light spots to the outer margins, quite minor. Several text pages with light spotting or off-setting. Else the book is impressively clean. With many pages unopened, hence largely unread. A Very Good copy in Very Good Minus over-wrappers. Very scarce in any condition. A valuable reference work for collectors and dealers of ceramics and stoneware from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Extensive commentary, information, and examples are given for each geographic region discussed. Marc-Louis Solon [1835-1913] was a French-born pottery artist and expert. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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The Corset: A Cultural History, Steele, Valerie
84 Steele, Valerie The Corset: A Cultural History
U.S.A. Yale University Press 2001 0300090714 / 9780300090710 First American Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Presumed first printing of the first American edition. Printed and presumed bound in Singapore. Brown paper hardboards, with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spine. 11.25 x 9 inches. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Lovely illustrated pastedowns. With vii and 197 numbered pages, plus numerous B&W and full-color plates throughout, a few full-page, and all on semi-glossy coated stock. An exceptionally clean copy, and very tight. Either unread or very gently read. Attractive full-pictorial DJ, unclipped. Light rubbing to the DJ. A Near Fine copy in a Near Fine DJ. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Chinese Lacquer, Strange, Edward F.
85 Strange, Edward F. Chinese Lacquer
New York, New York, U.S.A. Charles Scribner's Sons 1926 First American Edition Buckram Good Ex-Library 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
600 copies only of this book were printed, of which 100 copies constituted an edition de luxe. This is not the de luxe edition. Of the 500 copies which constituted the ordinary edition 160 copies were reserved for the USA. Printed and bound in Great Britain by William Brendon and Son, The Mayflower Press, Plymouth. This is a non-circulating ex-library copy. 11 x 8.5 inches. Black buckram binding with crisp gilt-stamped design to the front board and with slightly faded gilt-stamped lettering to the spine. The binding chipped and with losses at the spine head and tail, especially at the head, and with some rubbing along the gutters. Gently bumped and lightly abraded lower corners. Hinges a little tender. Text block remains securely bound in. Text pages printed on Antique De Luxe laid paper. With color frontispiece, and xii and 71 numbered pages of text, followed by 54 plates, of which 14 are in color and the remainder monochrome. The plates on medium-weight, semi-glossy stock. The plates with tissue guards and the tissue guards generally in pristine condition and bearing detailed notes. Very small date stamp, 5 Jan. '32, to the top of the rear pastedown. Else exceptionally clean pastedowns. Very small, oval-shaped library stamp in blue ink to the reverse side of every plate and also to the title page. Else a clean copy. No foxing, spotting or tears observed. A Good copy, taking into consideration the spine losses and the library stamps. All in all a desirable copy of a very scarce work featuring Ming, K'ang Hsi and Ch'ien Lung lacquered furniture and furnishings. 
Price: 495.00 USD
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Tea Ceremony, Tanaka, Sen'o
86 Tanaka, Sen'o Tea Ceremony
U.S.A. Kodansha America, Inc 1977 0870112074 / 9780870112072 Cloth Very Good Plus Near Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Third printing of the first edition. Printed and presumed bound in Japan. Blue cloth binding, with crisp silver-stamped lettering to the front board and to the spine. Unbumped spine head and tail and with sharp corners. 11.25 x 8.5 inches. 214 numbered pages, and with numerous color and B&W plates. A very clean copy, and quite tight. Appears unread. Lovely pictorial dust jacket, slightly rubbed. A Very Good Plus copy in a Near Fine DJ. 
Price: 24.95 USD
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The Developmental Era of Eli Terry and Seth Thomas Shelf Clocks, Taylor, Snowden
87 Taylor, Snowden The Developmental Era of Eli Terry and Seth Thomas Shelf Clocks
Fitzwilliam, NH Ken Roberts Publishing Co. 1985 First Edition Pamphlet Very Good Plus 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Presumed limited edition but unstated. Printed in Hartford, CT. Approximately 11 x 8.5 inches. Pictorial wrappers. With 64 numbered pages and with numerous B&W photo-illustrations, and with tables. A very clean copy, inside and out. Either unread or very gently read. A Very Good Plus copy. Very scarce in any condition. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Lacquer Wares of the Chu Kingdom, Teng, Rensheng
88 Teng, Rensheng Lacquer Wares of the Chu Kingdom
Hong Kong The Woods Publishing Co. 1992 9623210221 / 9789623210225 First Edition Buckram Fine Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Presumed printed and bound in Hong Kong. 11.5 x 8.25 inches. Black buckram with red dragon design to the front board and with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spine. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. 184 numbered pages, with a focus on 93 lacquer objects and with numerous full-color plates, several full-page and all on heavy coated stock. An immensely clean and tight copy. No remainder marks. Almost certainly unread. Lovely full-pictorial DJ, unclipped, and with a new Mylar dust jacket protector. A Fine copy in a Fine DJ. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Orientalische Kostüme in Schnitt und Farbe, Tilke, Max
89 Tilke, Max Orientalische Kostüme in Schnitt und Farbe
Berlin, Germany Verlag Ernst Wasmuth A-G 1923 First German Edition Cloth Fair Association Copy 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Dies ist nicht eine zweisprachige Ausgabe. Text in Deutsch, nicht in Englisch. Erste Ausgabe. This is not a bilingual edition. Text in German only, not in English. First edition. Printed and presumed bound in Berlin. 11.75 x 9 inches. Contemporary saffron yellow linen-like cloth binding, and with gilt-stamped lettering on a green blaze as to the front board and the spine. The cloth on the spine is half-perished, including losses at the spine head and tail. The backstrip is still intact. Gently bumped corners. Hinges fairly strong, textblock appears firmly bound in. Top page edges tinted green. Green paper pastedowns and FEPs. Handsome ex libris bookplate of Eva le Gallienne to the front pastedown. 32 numbered pages of text, mostly consisting of commentary on the costumes illustrated, followed by 128 full-page plates, many in full color, the balance in duotone. Foxing to the preliminaries, as is common with this book. Gift inscription opposite the title page, "For Eva... from her Pepi... xmas 1932...New York." In pencil on the rear FEP, "From Eva le Gallienne's library, presented by Joseph Schildkraut." Else very clean internally. A Fair to Good copy. From the private library of the English theatrical actress Eva le Gallienne [1899-1991]. The design of the bookplate suggests curious psychological insight on the part of le Gallienne. Le Gallienne was born in London. She made her stage debut at the age of 15 in a 1914 production of Maurice Maeterlinck's Monna Vanna. She became a Broadway star in New York in several plays. She was romantically involved with Tallulah Bankhead and Alla Nazimova, among others. Also present is the calling card of Joseph Schildkraut [1895-1964]. Written on the card in the small ink hand of Schildkraut is the following message, "Darling - This book was printed in Germany in 1922-23. Has been out of print a long time. Found it for you on 46th Street [NY]. Hope you like it. Forgive binding being a trifle soiled in spots - but that could not be helped - the thing not having been reprinted --Love - Pepi." "Schildkraut was an imposing Austrian import-turned-matinée idol on the silent screen. This Hollywood actor went on to conquer talking films as well -- with Oscar-winning results. Inclined towards smooth, cunning villainy, his Oscar came instead for his sympathetic portrayal of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola (1937). His most touching role on both stage and screen would come as the Jewish father-in-hiding, Otto Frank, in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)." "Joseph Schildkraut landed the title role in the Guild Theatre production of Liliom (1921) opposite everyone's leading lady of choice for the era, the legendary Eva le Gallienne. Liliom made stars out of both young actors and both reprised their roles on Stage eleven years later in 1932. Indeed, the two were often named as an on-again, off-again item during the ensuing eleven years, despite Eva le Gallienne's avowed preference for female companionship." Le Gallienne and Joseph Schildkraut continued to appear together professionally over the years. For instance, they appeared together in The Cherry Orchard on Broadway in 1944. 
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Moribana & Heikwa, Selected Flower Arrangements of the Saga School, Tsujii, Koshu
90 Tsujii, Koshu Moribana & Heikwa, Selected Flower Arrangements of the Saga School
Kyoto, Japan Seikasha 1933 Presumed First Edition Japanese Cord-sewn Near Fine 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall Tsujii, Koshu 
This is a bilingual publication in Japanese and English. Preface dated Autumn 1933. Printed and bound by Jigyokudo in Japan. Rear pastedown with book production information written in Japanese. Soft gray paper hardboards in a subtly mottled pattern, with purple ribbon ties. Presumed stab-sewn under-binding, with some attractive green cloth at the spine head and tail. With crisp gilt-stamped title in Japanese to the front board. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. Exceptionally attractive and unsoiled binding. Oblong, 5.75 x 9 inches. Text block firmly bound in. Handmade patterned paper pastedowns/FEPs. With unnumbered pages of text and illustrations. With 65 full-page color paintings of flower arrangements, each with corresponding commentary in Japanese and English. Just a hint of off-setting to the preliminaries, not into the plates. Else an immensely clean volume, with scant evidence of shelf life. Almost certainly unread. No remainder marks. In the original medium-duty, plain manila paper slipcase with black-stamped lettering. A Near Fine copy in a Very Good Minus slipcase. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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