Fifth edition. Later black cloth with titles in gilt to the spine. Illustrated with several hundred black and white photographs of the exhibition items and a folding map. A very good copy, the binding square and tight. The contents with a mark and a crease to the corner of the front free endpaper, several small tears and chips to the title page and some occasional pen and pencil annotations to list of committee members and lenders are otherwise in good order and clean throughout.
An extensively illustrated catalogue for this important exhibition in which a breathtaking range of 3,078 items of Chinese art, ceramics, jade, bronzes and other antiques were brought to the Royal Academy of Arts in London to showcase the wealth and diversity of Chinese artistry, culture and history. Patronised by George V and Queen Mary, as well as the president of the Chinese Republic, contributions were made by collectors from around the world, in addition to the Chinese government itself, resulting in the largest ever exhibition of Chinese objects in foreign country. The present catalogue provides a written entry for each object exhibited, as well as photographs for many. Also included is a loosely laid in letter (1974) letter from Spink & Son concerning an item from the exhibition, and questioning elements of the catalogue's accuracy: "I am sorry to say that some of the dates in the exhibition catalogue are not to be taken seriously". A scarce and useful reference work.
Stock code: 19219