London: Sotheby's Publications, 1986. Limited to 1500 sets. Hardcover. Large volumes. Dark blue cloth with gilt lettering and color/gilt illustrations; red endpapers; top edge gilt. Dark blue dust jacket with white lettering and color illustration. Each volume inserted into blue cloth slipcase. Volume I: 376 pp, 34 color plates, 926 labeld BW illustrations + others. Volume II: pages 381-899, approx 1400 BW illustrations, nearly 100 pages of color plates. Volume III: pages 905-1381, 40 pages of color plates, and BW illustrations labeled 955-3671. Shipping weight for the set is 40 pounds. VG. Slipcases show some light general shelf wear, such as rubbing and scuffing of cloth along edges. Books are overall in great shape, with only minimal wear to dust jackets along edges from insertion into slipcases. Volume I's back page sticks and rubs onto red endpaper along bottom edge; slipcase has old price sticker. Except for this small flaw in Volume I, these volumes are clean and tight and do not appear to have been read. Item #167343
There were 1,500 copies of this edition printed, of which this is number 894. Volume I title: Historical Introductions, Yuan and Ming Dynasty Celadon Wares. Volume II title: Yuan and Ming Dynasty Porcelains. Volume III title: Qing Dynasty Porcelains. This humongous set of volumes, with its 5,000 illustrations (of which 200 are color), is a must-have for serious collectors or lovers of Chinese dynasty porcelains. The volumes are arranged chronologically and contain extensive introductions by Krahl and Ayers. Its many chapters on archival documents, the Ottoman courts, trade routes, inscriptions, descriptions of the pieces, indexes, and many others are meticulously detailed to make this set invaluable to students of Chinese porcelain.
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