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Catalogue of the Leonard Gow Collection of Chinese Porcelain.
London: George W. Jones, 1931 - Large quarto (320 x 240 mm). Original orange niger by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, raised bands to spine, ruled in brown either side, title to second compartment and date to foot gilt, gilt crest to front board, broad turn-ins ruled in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Spine slightly faded, a few scuffs to raised bands, ring-mark to front board, a few other spots, a hint of rubbing to corners, tan-burn to endpapers from turn-ins, tissue-guard for plate 45 slightly creased, contents very crisp and fresh. A very good copy. 86 photographic plates in colour and monochrome, numbered 1-85 (number 48 used twice), one folding, all with tissue-guards captioned in red; title page and section headings in "Civilité" type in the style of Robert Granjon, woodcut floral borders after a design attributed to Granjon, rubricated figurative initials. First edition, number 46 of 300 copies signed by Gow on the colophon leaf. Gow (1859-1936), a Scottish shipping magnate, amassed an exceptional collection of Chinese porcelain, mainly from the Kangxi period (1661-1722), which he kept at Camis Eskan, his country house in Helensburgh on Loch Lomond. The collection "gained international recognition through a series of ten articles by R. L. Hobson in Burlington Magazine and through Hobson's catalogue, which Gow published privately in a limited edition of three hundred copies in 1931 Just months after his death in 1936, an exhibition of Gow's entire collection was held at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow. Alfred H. Caspary of New York purchased the greater part of Gow's collection of Chinese porcelain in 1937 and bequeathed more than four hundred pieces to the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the Alfred and Margaret Caspary Memorial Gift in 1955. Sotheby's auctioned the remained of Gow's Chinese collection in 1943" (Freer Sackler, online). Hobson (1872-1941) was keeper of ceramics and ethnographer at the British Museum from 1921, and keeper of oriental antiquities from 1934 to 1938. Copies of his catalogue have also been noted in red cloth and in pigskin. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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