First American edition, presumed first printing, 1978. Translated from the French. Printed and bound in Switzerland. Lightest dove gray cloth hardboard binding, with crisp spruce green-stamped lettering to the spine. Unbumped spine head and tail, with sharp corners. A touch of spotting near the head of the spine and also continuing along the top edges, minor. 12.75 x 11.25 inches. Text block firmly bound in. With 291 numbered pages, and with 324 illustrations, including 41 full-color plates, some full page, all on heavy-weight coated stock. An exceptionally clean volume, and very tight, with light evidence of shelf life. Very gently read. No remainder marks. Lovely pictorial DJ, unclipped and virtually unrubbed. DJ with tiny repaired tears at the top of the rear. A Near Fine copy in a Very Good DJ. A well-regarded scholarly work on Ming porcelains.