Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century

Sirén, Osvald

Published by Ernest Benn Limited, 1925
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Full title: Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, over 900 specimens in stone, bronze, lacquer and wood, principally from northern China. With descriptions and an introductory essay by Osvald Sirén. Complete in four volumes. Vol. I, Text; Vol. II, Plates 1-205; Vol. III, Plates 206-421; Vol. IV, Plates 422-623. Please note that Vols. I, III and IV are published by Ernest Benn, London, 1925, whereas Vol II is published by Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, 1925. The bindings are identical although the Scribner's volume states "Scribners" at the tail of the spine rather than "Benn." Author's preface dated New Year 1925. Printed in Great Britain by the Mayflower Press, Plymouth, except that the collotype plates were printed in France under the direction of Ernest Benn Ltd.'s continental department. Bound in Great Britain by William Brendon & Son. Contemporary cocoa brown buckram bindings, with crisp gilt-stamped sculpture design to the front boards and with faded gilt-stamped lettering to the spines. The bindings are generally clean but scuffed and rubbed, especially along the edges. Moderately bumped spine heads and tails, with minor to moderate abrasion. Also with minor to moderate bumping/abrasion to the corners. Vol. II with a 2 inch fabric split at the very top of the front gutter. Vol. IV with three 2 inch horizontal shallow gouges to the front board, not tearing the buckram; a cosmetic issue only. All text blocks firmly bound in. Tidewater mark at the bottom edge of Vol. II and at the top and bottom edges of Vol. III. Small folio. 12.5 x 9 inches. Vol. I with cli and 168 numbered pages. Vol. II with a separate page for each of 205 plates. Also separate pages for each of the plates in Vols. III and IV. All plates in B&W on heavy stock. Mild foxing to the preliminaries of Vol. I. Vol. II with very small red seal of bookseller to the rear pastedown. Vol. IV with "LYONS" in small ink hand to the front pastedown and small red "chop mark" to the front FEP. Else a generally clean set of four volumes. Respectfully read. A Very Good Minus set. Scarce in any condition. A set of this same edition went for a final auction price of $40,000 (hammer price plus commission) on 13 Sep. 2012 at Christie's NY. That set was known to be from the personal library of C. T. Loo. Sirén later referred to this work as, "my well known repertory Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the Fourteenth Century, vols. I-IV, London, 1925, . the illustrations in this work are often useful for the comparative analysis of style on which our classifications are based." Page 9, Chinese Sculptures in the von der Heydt Collection. Also included with your purchase is a condensed SDI edition of "Chinese Sculpture." with descriptions and an introductory essay. ccxxv, 69, and 78 pages. With 623 plates. Believed to be a limited editon of 999 copies. 12.25 x 8.75 inches. Two volumes in slipcase. Burgundy leatherette with gilt-stamped lettering to the books and to the heavy-duty slipcase. Still in the original shrink-wrap. As New volumes in an As New slipcase. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Chinese Sculpture from the Fifth to the ...
Publisher: Ernest Benn Limited
Publication Date: 1925
Binding: Buckram
Book Condition: Very Good Minus
Edition: First British Edition.

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Book Description Hacker Art Books, New York, 1970. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. 2 Volume set comprising 4 books containing book 1 (in volume 1) followed by an index and then by book 2 (in volume1 ) - A description of the plates and Volume 2 which contains book 3 and book 4 (plates) . I can't find another set of these volumes for sale on the internet at this time. These are ex library books that appear to have been reference books. The books have mimial library stamps and notations. There is a card pouch at the rear of the books. The actual book pages are in fine condition showing nearly no wear. The books are bound in reddish library buckram. The bindiings are firm, the corners are sharp and the covers are clean. This is a hard to obtain set of books. This is a quality Hacker reprint of the original and not a modern low quality photocopy edition. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Seller Inventory # 008322

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Siren, Osvald
Published by Ernest Benn, Limited, London (1925)
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Book Description Ernest Benn, Limited, London, 1925. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket. 9 B&W Illustrations; Folio ; Over 900 specimens in stone, bronze, lacquer and wood, principally from Northern China. With Descriptions and an introductory essay. By Osvald Siren, Professor in the University of Stockholm. Includes plates 422-553 of the Tang Dynasty; Plates 554-561 Honan, Plates 562-566, Shantung; Plates 567-577, Chili; Plates 578-93, Liao Dynasty [907-1119] and Chin Dynasty [1115-1234]; Plates 593-608, Wu Yeh [908-978] Sung and Southern Sung Dynasty [960-1279]; Plates 609-623, Yuan Dynasty [1230-1367]. Plate 527 with frayed lower edge apparently marginally miscut. Otherwise sound and tight. Occasional light foxing mainly affecting margins of the leaves. Plates in Collotype. Publisher's grey-brown buckram cloth with gilt front cover decoration and gilt spine lettering. Art: : Sculpture: : China. Seller Inventory # 37284

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Book Description Scribner, New York, 1925. hardcover. Condition: near fine. First. Illustrated with 418 finely printed collotype plates, some with multiple objects. Almost no text. Very thick 4tos, original gilt-lettered gray cloth with gilt figure on cover with beveled edges. New York: Charles Scribner, 1925. Spine ends somewhat faded on volume 4, still a near fine clean copy of this very uncommon book. The final 2 (of 4) volumes in this monumental work, containing plates 206-623. Northern C'hi and Northern Chow Dynasties (years 550-581): Shansi 206-232; Honan 233-241; Chili 242-259, Shantung 260-264; Shensi 265-283. Sculptures in the manner of the period of the six dynasties, though executed later 284-289. Sui Dynasty (years 581-618): Shansi 290-303; Shensi and Honan 304-323; Chili 324-333; Shantung 334-364. Tang Dynasty (years 619-906): Shensi 365-553; Honan 451-484; Shansi 485-509; Shantung 510-526; Chili 527-553. The Five Dynasties (years 907-960) and the Sung Dynasty (years 960-1127): Honan 554-561; Shantung 562-566; Chili 567-577. Liao Dynasty (years 907-1119) and Chin Dynasty (years 1115-1234): Chili 578-585; Statues in Wood 586-592. Wu Yueh (years 908-978) and Sung and Southern Dynasty (years 960-1279): Kiangsu and Chekiang 593-608. Yuan Dynasty (years 1280-1367) 609-623. Seller Inventory # 251666

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Book Description Paris et Bruxelles: G. Van Oest, 1925-26, 1925. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Folio, 33.1*24*25cm[L*W*H], wt:14.3kg. 4 hardcover volumes of plates, plus 1 volume of text [Introduction]. Total of 624 full-page plates of Chinese sculptures. Text in FRENCH. Three-quarter leather binding with original front and back wrappers laid in, top edge gilt, book edges uncut, marbled endpaper, all plates and text pages complete. Some unobtrusive library markings otherwise a very good hardcover set with firm binding and clean pages and plates. Seller Inventory # ABE-14412220272

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Book Description Paris et Bruxelles: G. Van Oest, 1925-26, 1925. Soft cover. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Complete, matched set of 5 volumes. Folio, 33*23*23cm, wt:11kg. Page edges uncut. A fine set with clean, crisp pages and plates. Text in FRENCH. Also included as a bonus are 11 extra plates or newpaper clippings of Chinese sculptures gathered by the previous owner of this set. Seller Inventory # ABE-17461128335

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