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Sung Dynasty Album Paintings from the Collection of the Palace Museum Peking
Sung-jen hua tse

by Cheng Chen-to

Published by Chinese Classic Art Publishing House. Peking. 1957. 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD- condition with a FAIR DJ.

  • Book opens from left in traditional Asian style.

  • Photo do not accurately represent colors. There is more yellow and green to the book. 

  • Dark forest green boards are beveled, and feature Chinese characters in gilt and elaborate blind-tooled design. 

  • Boards exhibit light to moderate edgewear and show some scuffing and stains to the front and rear. Please see photos. 

  • Spine shows scuffing at ends and has gilt lettering and ornate blind-tooled design. 

  • Shoulders show wear along the length. 

  • Binding is secure.

  • All plates are present and are pasted along top edge to cream heavy-stock pages.

  • Pages exhibit light scattered foxing, mostly marginal, and some overall and even toning.

  • Minimal warping to interior + pasted plates prevent book from sitting square and tight when closed.

  • Some plates exhibit light bubbling/warping where pasted.

  • Interior is free of any writing or intentional marks.

  • Text block edges are age-toned with dust and some foxing. 

  • DJ is worn and faded, with pronounced creases and some warping/wrinkling that interferes with the cover art. 

  • DJ edges are rough, including a >5" jagged tear(s) with creasing to the lower front corner, and a bit of chipping of which the largest is a 4"x 1.5" on back near spine.

  • Spine of DJ is unevenly, if the least faded, with some general creasing and worn chipped ends with 2 shoulder tears.

  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.

Text in Chinese. Massive volume filled with 100 tipped in color plates. Includes an English translation on separate sheets with introductory essay and a listing with annotations of all 100 paintings. This edition is limited to 1,880 copies. 12.75" by 15.5"

The art collections of the Palace Museum (Chinese: 故宫博物院; pinyin: Gùgōng Bówùyùan), a national museum housed in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, are built upon the imperial collection of the Ming and Qing dynasties. This collection was expanded in the 20th century with new acquisitions, transfers from other museums, and new archaeological discoveries. 

The Palace Museum is housed in the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China. For almost five centuries, it served as the home of the Emperor and his household, and the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.

Built from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms and covers 720,000 square metres. The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. [Wikipedia]

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Binding: Hardcover
Original/Facsimile: Original
Special Attributes: Illustrated
Region: Asia
Language: Chinese
Country/Region of Manufacture: China
Subject: Art & Photography
Topic: Fine Arts
Year Printed: 1957
Author: Cheng Chen-to
Place of Publication: Peking
Publisher: Chinese Classic Art Publishing House
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