Very Good / Very Good. Item #9126
Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art, 1969. First Edition. Quarto (31x24x2.5cm); xx + 257pp, including appendices, bibliography, and index. Illustrated with 302 B&W and 13 color photographs, and 18 scientific analytical tables.
Dust jacket in black with x-ray of bronze vessel. Volume bound in sage-green linen with gilt stamping on spine and front panel. Textblock printed on heavy ivory stock. Jacket shows nano-scuffs and tears at edges; one closed tongue of paper on spine just above Smithsonian Institution medallion; all now protected in mylar. Volume pristine; textblock unmarred and unmarked.
This volume, Smithsonian Publication No. 4706, and Freer Gallery Oriental Studies No. 7, was planned as the second of a three-volume set, the first volume being a catalog of the bronzes. That first volume was published in 1967; the third volume, covering epigraphs, was never published.