CHINESE PAINTING: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE, by Chow Chian-Chiu & Chow Chen-Ying - 1979 [Signed 1st Ed]


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Chinese Painting: A Comprehensive Guide

by Chow Chian Chiu & Chow Leung Chen Ying

Text in Chinese.

Signed by both authors. FIRST EDITION. Taipei, China: Ho Kung-Shang; Art Book Co. Ltd, 1979.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition, with a GOOD DJ.

  • Colorful DJ, with a watercolor flower on one side, wraps around a gently used hardback filled with colorful full page illustrations.
  • Olive green boards have white text on front and spine.
  • Front cover has a 2" pen mark near spine and .25" white smudge near foot.
  • Both boards have a slight concave bow.
  • Pushed spine ends have a slight impact on shoulder ends.
  • Binding is secure.
  • Artwork remains vibrant and lush.
  • Interior is gently age-toned, with the occasional smudge that does not interfere with the art.
  • Page 32 has a 1.5" closed tear. Pages 71-76 are affected by a 1.25" gutter crease at foot.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • DJ is nicely preserved behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper.
  • Overall, DJ also has light aging and dust, with moderate edgewear including a few closed tears. Text and images are intact and unaffected by any issues.
  • Close examination of DJ reveals a bit of edgewear, including a .5" closed tear at back head corner, while head corner has a thumb-sized stain and sharp 3" crease. Spine ends have notable chipping. Head of DJ shows signs of something like a rough drop.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • CR20191204

216 pages. 9.5 by 11.75 inches.

Colorful DJ wraps around a gently used hardback filled with colorful full-page illustrations, elegantly interwoven with hànzì text. Book is formatted to open Western style: with fore edge on the right side the cover has a luscious watercolor flower, and has obvious title pages and an English colophon in the first pages. If opened from the left in typical Asian format, the cover has a wide green band along spine with prominent bilingual text, and inside is a prominent Chinese colophon along with Chinese-language publisher ads.

Assumed how-to book on Chinese painting, considering layout and style of illustrations. Some pages show detailed breakouts of a larger image, that someone of artistic inclination could easily use as examples to create their own Chinese-style painting. 

EPHEMERA: On front endpaper is a pasted photograph of the award won by this book.

PROVENANCE: Presentation copy to Mr. Kurt P. Stabilit(sp?), in English and Chinese characters, signed by both authors.

EDITION POINTS: Stated first edition. Signed by both authors on front pastedown

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