Bronzes and Jades of Ancient China
A rare and important monogram
First edition, hardback in slipcase. Bound in the original terra cotta cloth with Japanese titling in gilt to the spine. Small folio (approx 32 × 26cm). 35pp (English text), 101pp (Japanese text) + 176 full page plates, mostly in monochrome but with 10 and the frontispiece tipped-in and in colour. Also included is a fold-out illustrated table, with line drawings of various styles of bronzes placing them as to geography and era. A note on the printing—this book is printed in the traditional Japanese way of right to left, and the English translation runs in the traditional Western way of left to right.
A scholarly monograph on the bronzes and jades of Ancient China, profusely illustrated, includes the Yin-Chou bronzes, Western & Eastern Chou bronzes, and with a chronology of sites. The introductory essay features the uses of bronze within ancient Chinese culture. The essay is interspersed with drawings of a wide variety of bronze vessels, rubbings of bronze decoration and inscriptions, Tao te masks, cut-away bronze views, designs, patterns etc.
The book is in very good condition but with a little sporadic sun-fading to the spine and some light bumping to the head of the spine. The pages are clean and the binding is secure. The slip-case is heavily worn and faded, with marks all over and some splitting to the joints. It has however, done a good job in protecting the book.
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