London: J.M. Den & Sons (Privately Printed), 1910. One of only 50 copies printed. Slipcased. Full red leather with gilt ruled border (3 bands) on both covers; gilt dging on ends/sides of boards and spine (2 bands); 6 raised bands on spine, each with gilt decoration; title and date also in gilt on spine. TEG. Heavy, board slipcase covered in white muslin overlaid with marbled paper; lined with protective felt. viii + 186 pp. with deckle fore edge; 74 bw plates and mounted color plates, all with tissue guards. Heavy and oversized; will require extra postage. 14 pounds / 12x15.5 inches (6.35 kilos / 30.5 cm x 39.5 cm). Beautiful, clean and tight but museum ex-lib. copy with small sticker to head of spine and at same location on slipcase, bookplate and stamp inside front cover, stamp on verso of title page, pocket and inventory tag at rear; very light rubbing in a few spots at edges of spine; head of spine has a 2-inch split that has been solidly repaired. The first plate (double/folding) is foxed on the reverse but only lighly in one spot at the lower margin on the face, not affecting the image. All in all a beautiful, tight volume. The slipcase has some wear to edges, and the paper is worn off in one spot at the bottom, showing a bit of the muslin cloth. The case has been reinforced with industrial-strength clear tape. Item #151146
From the collection of American banker/philanthropist Edward Tuck. He also was a diplomat in France, where he settled for the latter half of his life. 335 items of fine and decorative arts listed: tapestries, paintings, primitives; enamels, Sevres, Meissen, Oriental porcelains, watches, busts, furniture, Battersea enamels and more. Not all pieces are pictured, but all are annotated. Annotations are on the page opposite each plate with the tissue guard between. A stunning book of a beautiful collection which, upon his death, Tuck donated in its entirety to the Petit Palace in Paris.
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