Publisher London, England Benn Brothers, Limited 1923
Seller ID 007206
The author's preface is dated January 1923. This is copy no. 142 of a first numberred impression of 1500 copies printed on rag paper and bound in art canvas. Printed and bound in Great Britain by William Brendon and Son, The Mayflower Press, Plymouth. 11 x 8.5 inches. Putty-colored buckram binding with small, crisp gilt-stamped design to the front board and fairly crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spine. Exceptionally clean binding. Very lightly bumped spine head and tail, and with gently bumped corners. Hinges slightly tender although the text block is firmly bound in. With xvi and 240 numbered pages of text, interspersed with B&W figures, and with 128 illustrations appearing on 59 full-page plates, of which 11 of the illustrations are in color. The plates with tissue guards and the tissue guards generally in pristine condition. The tissue guards with explanatory notes. The plates on medium-weight, semi-glossy stock. Note the following printer's error: Plate 53 is misnumbered as Plate 52, and Plate 55 is misnumbered as Plate 56. There are NO missing plates. The pastedowns are very clean. There is a semi-split just after the limitations page near the front of the book and there is a semi-split along the rear hinge. The splits appear to be cosmetic issues inasmuch as the cloth lining appears to be intact. Very small, ink library stamp from the Avery Brundage Collection to the bottom of the title page. Same stamp also to the top, fore and bottom edges and NOT on the pages themselves. Else a very clean copy, and rather tight. Very gently read. No remainder marks. A Very Good copy. All in all a desirable copy of an authoritative work, the purpose of which is to explain and illustrate as many varieties of Ming ceramic wares as possible. This book may be regarded as a sequel to the author's book, Early Ceramic Wares of China.