SHIRLEY COPY. ONE OF ONLY THIRTY SIGNED COPIES ON JAPAN PAPER (CHINESE CERAMICS.) Hobson, R. L. A Catalogue of Chinese Pottery and Porcelain in the Collection of Sir Percival David Bt., F. S. A. 180 plates, most in color. Folio, original Chinese deep plum silk stamped in turquoise, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe; publisher's green silk box with scrollwork cutout on folds, lettered in red, moderate edgewear and soiling, hinges rubbed, faux jade clasps with tip broken off of top clasp. London: The Stourton Press, 1934
Estimate $8,000 - 12,000
number xiii of only xxx copies on imperial japanese paper and signed by hobson. ex-collection walter t. shirley with his bookplate.The Aries Roman and Italic types were designed by Eric Gill specially for this book, and the Chinese title and dedication by Professor Ma Hêng, Director of the Palace Museum, Peiping. The Chinese types were supplied by John Johnson, Printer to the University Press, Oxford. "David provided a feast of many delightful and intriguing objects to satisfy the appetite of the collector, but his researches have supplied what was needed to assimilate them. He has hunted up all the relevant references in published works, he has traced the past history of his specimens as far as ownership extends, he has had the inscriptions read and he has edited the translation of them, in short he has got together all the available material for the compilation of this Catalogue"--Introduction. In addition to the vellum copies there were 650 Arabic-numbered copies (see following lot). A very scarce copy of an extremely desirable work.