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    Robert Lockhart Hobson: The George Eumorfopoulos Collection Catalogue of the Chinese, Corean and Persian Pottery and Porcelain. A stunning six volume limited edition set illustrating the objet d' art of one of the premier collectors of Oriental antiquities. George Eumorfopoulos (1863-1939) was a businessman whose interests in the East enabled him to build a stunning collection of Oriental art, much of which ultimately found a home in the British Museum. R. L. Hobson, keeper of the department of ceramics and ethnography at the British Museum, was able to capture the beauty and magnitude of the collection by producing a set of books equal to the collection. Each of the six elephant folio (12.25" x 18.25") volumes was limited to 725 copies, of which each volume in this set is hand-numbered 411, printed for the prestigious London publishing house of Ernest Benn, Ltd. on Van Gelder mould-made paper, and bound in a unique style using black cloth for the spine, yellow silk fabric on the boards with gilt titles on leather labels. Each volume is contained in an equally impressive full box covered in fine silk with dragon devices woven in the cloth. The boxes are in very good condition with occasional splitting at box seams and some light staining. All volumes are in very good to fine condition with the only flaw, if it may be referred to as such, a light scent of fireplace that evokes thoughts of a wing backed leather chair and shelves of books in a wood-paneled library. Each has the book plate of a previous owner on the inside front cover. The particulars of each volume are as follows:
    Volume One From the Chou to the End of the T'ang Dynasty. [1925], 65 pages of text, 75 plates (some tipped-in color).
    Volume Two From T'ang to Ming: Ju, Kuan, Ko, Lung-Ch-üan & Chien Wares. [1926], 54 pages of text, 75 plates (some tipped-in color).
    Volume Three From T'ang to Ming: Chün, Ting and Tz'u Chou Wares. [1926], 66 pages of text, 75 plates (some tipped-in color).
    Volume Four The Ming Dynasty. [1927], 62 pages of text, 75 plates (some tipped-in color).
    Volume Five The Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain: K'ang Hsi, Yung Chêng, Ch'iên Lung, & Later Periods. [1927], 66 pages of text, 75 plates (some tipped-in color).
    Volume Six Chinese Pottery, Corean and Persian Wares, and Recent Additions. [1928], 60 pages of text, 75 plates (some tipped-in color).


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    April, 2007
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