A catalogue of the Alice and Louis Koch collection of finger rings. Comprising 1980 rings from over 4000 years, this collection affords the scholar an almost uninterrupted study of the evolution of ring shapes and design, providing new evidence for dating. Further, through this miniature art form historical events, religious practices, social customs and superstitions may be traced and identified. Combining illustration and scholarship, this book displays all 1980 rings in full colour with at least two views. In addition, there are 16 colour plates showing in enlargement over 140 selected items from the collection. The work is accessible for both German and English readers, with a description and critical commentary for each ring in German, accompanied by an English summary.
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Book Description W. S. Maney and Son, Leeds, England, 1994. Buckram. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First British Edition. Dies ist eine zweisprachige Buchausgabe. Der Text ist in deutscher und auch in englischer Sprache. This is a bilingual edition. The text in in German and also in English. Complete in two volumes, including dust jackets and slipcase. This is an unnumbered copy from an unstated limited edition probably not exceeding 1,000 copies. Printed and presumed bound in England. Black buckram hardboard bindings, with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spines. Unbumped spine heads and tails, with sharp corners, except that the upper front corner of Vol. II has a trivial bump. 13.5 x 10 inches. Each volume with a blue silk satin page marker ribbin. With xxxix and 320 and [xl to] xlix and 323-664 numbered pages. The volumes with thousands of color plates, and displaying at least two views of each of the 1980 finger rings in the collection. All plates on glossy, heavy coated stock. The catalogue is arranged chronologically. The first seven pages of volume I, counting from the first free end paper, with a very small 1 inch crease at the lower corner. Else immaculate volumes, and very tight, with little hint of shelf life. The dust jacket spines, for instance, are not sunned. Either unread or very gently read. No remainder marks. Lovely pictorial DJs, unclipped and virtually unrubbed. In the original plain slipcase of black buckram-covered cardboard. Near Fine volumes in Fine DJs in a Near Fine slipcase. A very heavy set, weighing in excess of 12 pounds. The Alice and Louis Koch collection, largely compiled before 1904, comprises almost 2000 finger rings. The ring collection has been compared to that of the British Museum in scope and significance. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006552