Kodansha, Hardcover (in Slipcase), Book Condition: Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: No, Later
Various authors. Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, in 12 volumes, Tokyo: Kodansha, and London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1982 and 1980. Large, heavy folios, second edition (first was a limited edition published in 1976, blue cloth boards with silver and green stamped lettering to spines, slipcased. This is an 11-volume set, supplemented with a 12th volume that was part of the first edition but published independently of Kodansha for the second edition. The odd volume, covering the Victoria & Albert collection, came out two years before the Kodansha series in English only, while all of the others are in English and Japanese. This odd volume was not issued with a slipcase, but has a dust jacket instead. Arntzen & Rainwater P358, commenting on the first edition: "A series of 12 expensively-produced volumes which contain glossy color and black-and-white reproductions of outstanding pieces of oriental ceramics in some of the world's most renowned collections. ... Each volume is compiled by a leading authority, who is generally the curator in charge of the collection represented. In addition to the V&A collection, the volumes cover collections at: 1. Tokyo National Museum; 2. National Museum of Korea, Seoul; 3. Museum Pusat, Jakarta; 4. Iran Bastat Museum, Teheran; 5. British Museum, London; 6. Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London; 7. Musee Guimet, Paris; 8. Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm; 9. Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; 10. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; 11. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Owing to its weight (about 80 pounds or 36kg) and size (each volume measures 15x10.5 inches or 38x27cm) this set will be shipped in 3 packages. Condition of this set: Spines lightly sunned, else fine. Size: Large Folio (bigger than A3). 12-volume set (complete). Text is in multiple languages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Over 3 kilos. Category: Sculpture & Ceramics; Reference. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 54961.