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Chinese Jade and Art Books ... as of 3/29/17

All books in very good antiquarian condition unless noted.  (*) denotes professional, archival-grade dust jacket protector.  Dimensions in inches.  Previous owner names not always noted.  Click on underlined titles to see picture.

Jade auction catalogs (see Page 2) are valuable references, as well as providing pricing information.  

PACKING/SHIPPING: $3.95 first book + $1.25 for each additional book (foreign shipping is higher).

We welcome your desiderata lists and inquiries for jade reference books.


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-----.  IMPERIAL TOMBS of CHINA.   Memphis: Wonders, Memphis International Cultural Series (in assoc. w/ State Bureau of Cultural Relics, PRC), 1995. xxxi + (1) + 167 + (1) pp, numerous color & b/w illus, color map. Stiff covers, color illus, 12 x 9. Wonderful examples of excavated bronzes, jades, ceramics, and more presented by Orlando Museum of Art in association with the PRC State Bureau of Cultural Relics. Brand new copy.  Only $12


Ackerman, Phyllis.  RITUAL BRONZES of ANCIENT CHINA.  N.Y: Dryden Press, 1945.  vi + (2) pp + 77 b/w plates + pp 67-114.  Cloth, gilt. 11 1/4 x 8 3/4.  Absolutely magnificent ancient bronzes (a few jades, too) illus in razor-sharp plates accompanied by excellent tutorial text.  SCARCE, highly sought book.  Exc. internal condition, no d.j.  $59


(Arts of Asia).   ARTS of ASIA (Magazine).  Hong Kong: Arts of Asia Publications, Ltd., Vol. 16, #4.  Jul-Aug 1986.  144 pp, color illus, stiff covers sewn, color illus. 12 x 9.  With 12 pp definitive article (22 illus)  Mountain Retreats in Jade by Barry Till & Paula Swart (on jade mountains, including picture of the world's largest jade carving).  Plus 9 other articles, jade advertisements, salesroom results, etc.  SCARCE $23


(Arts of Asia).  ARTS of ASIA (Magazine).  Hong Kong: Arts of Asia Publications, Ltd., Vol. 35, #4. Jul-Aug 2005. 140 pp, color illus, stiff covers sewn, color illus.  12 x 9.  With article A Romance with Jade: From the De An Tang Collection (12 pp, 41 illus), plus additional jades featured in advertising and Salesroom News.  $19.50


(Asiantiques).   CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES - FALL 1997.   Winter Park, FL: Asiantiques, 1997.  95 pp, 150 magnificent bottles (incl. many fine jade ones), all for sale from a top dealer, illus in multi-view color plates; 2 color frontises.  Hardbound, color illus d.j. 11 x 8 1/2.  $22.50  Also available in stiff covers,  $19.75


Bernstein, Sam.  CHINESE JADE the IMMORTAL STONE: The ROBERT A. & ELIZABETH COOKSON COLLECTION.   San Francisco: S. Bernstein & Co., 2009. 107 pp, 100 items illus in color plates, add’l color illus. Cloth, gilt, color illus d.j. 12 x 9. An exceptional collection, beautifully produced book. One of the most SCARCE of Bernstein's jade books, limited to 500 copies. $62


Capon, Edmund & William MacQuitty.  PRINCES of JADE.   N.Y: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1973.  192 pp, over 150 photos, incl. 24 in color, figs.  Cloth, gilt, color illus d.j.  10 x 7 1/2.  Choice archaic jades, jade burial suit, etc. + other archaic items.  $24.95   Another, w/o d.j. $20


Childs-Johnson, Elizabeth.  ENDURING ART of JADE AGE CHINA, CHINESE JADES of LATE NEOLITHIC THROUGH HAN PERIODS.   N.Y: Throckmorton Fine Art, 2001. 146 pp, 50 items illus in color plates + add’l b/w illus. Stiff covers folded, color illus, 11 x 9. Extremely up-to-date and well produced, with 3 major essays on ancient jades plus magnificent close-up photography of top examples. Excellent reference. Only $49


Chu, Arthur & Grace.  ORIENTAL ANTIQUES and COLLECTIBLES: A GUIDE.  N.Y: Crown Publrs, 1973.  v + (1) + 248 pp + 19 color plates, 250 b/w photos, other illus.  Cloth spine, gilt, d.j.  9 1/4 x 6 1/4.  Loaded with practical info on Oriental antiques, including jades, cloisonne, bronze, ivory, textiles, paintings, glass, etc.  A must-have for the Oriental collector.  $24.50


Chu, Arthur & Grace.  The COLLECTOR'S BOOK of JADE.  N.Y: Crown Publrs, 1978.  xvi + 144 pp + 20 color plates; 203 b/w photos.  Cloth spine, no d.j.  10 1/4 x 7 1/4.  One of the best intro's to jade, with over 250 pieces illus.  Extremely readable, lots of practical advice.  Discusses physical properties of jade, distinguishing jade from pseudojades, dyed jade, tips on dating Chinese jades, and much more.  Highly sought, getting hard to find.  Fine copy with d.j. $28.


Cornforth, Trevor & Dr. Nathan Cheung.  The HANDBOOK of CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES, with PRICE GUIDE.  A Schiffer Book for Collectors.  Atglen , PA: Schiffer Publ. Co., 2002.  158 + (2) pp, color illus.  Hardbound, color illus, decorative endpapers.  9 1/4 x 6. The complete run-down on snuff bottles of the type we might actually be able to afford, with valuable pricing information.  Brand new copy, still in wrapper.  $29.95


d'Argence', Rene'-Yvon Lefebvre.  AVERY BRUNDAGE COLLECTION CHINESE JADES.  San Francisco: de Young Museum Society, 1972.  184 pp, 81 color plates.  Stiff covers, color illus, 9 x 8.  A selection of religious symbols, insignia of rank, ceremonial weapons, pendants, ornaments, figurines, miniature mountains, and containers from the Neolithic period to modern times from this world-class collection.  A must-have jade reference.  $28


Desautels, Paul E.  THE JADE KINGDOM, An Illustrated Guide to the History, Sources, Lore, Mineralogy, Gemology and Art of Jade.  N.Y: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1986.  (7) + 118 pp, 130 color & b/w illus.  Hardbound, 11 1/4 x 8 3/4.  Color illus d.j.  This incredible book covers every aspect of jade-- its occurrences worldwide; its mineralogy, history, legend, and lore; the major cultures that have used it, and their techniques for working it. Also true vs. false jades; various methods of testing jade, from simple field tests to sophisticated laboratory analyses; and the known sources of jade, both ancient and modern.  SCARCE, often selling for $60-100.  Fine copy, only $28


Digby, Adrian.  MAYA JADES.  Revised ed. Oxford: University Press, 1972. 32 pp + 16 b/w plates + color frontis; figs. Stiff covers, color illus, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2. A famous little handbook on Mesoamerican jades, well illustrated with many pieces that are not published anywhere else. As-new copy bargain priced, only $10


Forsyth, Angus & Brian McElney.   JADES from CHINA.   First edition. Bath, England: the Museum of East Asian Art, 1994.  423 pp, 354 color plates, color map, 22 b/w figs.  English text, Chinese summaries.  Hardbound, gilt, embossed, color illus, d.j. 11 3/4 x 9.  This incredible book features more than 430 color pictures of the finest jades from Neolithic to Qing.  The 354 jades are from the collection of Brian McElney, the Peony Collection, and the Rannerdale Collection.  Includes 14 essays with latest scholarship on Chinese jades, covering such subjects as Jade-The Raw Material, The Supply of Jade to China Through the Ages, Working with Jade, plus individual essays on all periods from Neolithic to Qing.  A major contribution to jadeology and a “must have.”  Brand new copy, SPECIAL Only $95 ($80 off publisher's price)


Fossati, Gildo.   The WORLD of  JADE: GREAT MASTERPIECES of CHINESE ART.   Avenel, N.J: Random House, 1994 (1992).  214 pp, 318 color plates, jade photo endpapers.  Cloth, gilt, color illus d.j. 11 1/2 x 9.  One of the very best of the jade "appreciation" books, beautifully produced, highly sought.  Strong on Qing jades, magnificent pieces superbly photographed. Only  $29 


Fuller, Richard E. CHINESE JADES in the SEATTLE ART MUSEUM. 1971. (8) pp + 61 b/w plates + 2 color plates. Color illus stiff covers, spiralbound. 7 x 5 inches. A fine introduction to Chinese jades, covering archaic to Qing in razor-sharp plates. Especially fine "devil's work" pieces and many other jades not published elsewhere. Now SCARCE and highly sought, excellent condition. Only $39


Gump, Richard. JADE: STONE of HEAVEN.   Doubleday, 1962. 260 pp, 18 color plates, numerous b/w photos, figs.  Cloth, d.j.  9 1/2 x 6 1/4.  Excellent introduction to jade, plus fascinating stories of how the Gumps bought jade in the old days.  $35   An x-lib copy in excellent condition also available for $26


Hansford, S. Howard.   CHINESE CARVED JADES.  Greenwich, Conn: New York Graphic Society, Ltd., 1968.  131 pp + 96 b/w plates + 8 color plates illustrating about 200 jades; figs.  Cloth, gilt, color illus. d.j.  10 x 6 1/4.  The late Prof. Hansford was one of the finest and most serious of the jade authors.  This book is required reading for the serious student of Chinese jade.  Particularly strong in archaic jades.  An as-new copy.  SCARCE. $108  An x-lib copy also available, inquire for condition report.


Hansford, S. Howard.   JADE, ESSENCE of HILLS and STREAMS: The VON OERTZEN COLLECTION of CHINESE and INDIAN JADES Cape Town: Purnell & Sons, 1969.  (4) + 220 pp; 377 jades and sets illus in b/w + 8 color plates tipped-in.  Cloth, gilt, no d.j.  11 1/2 x 8 3/4.  3" tape spine reinforcement, insides excellent. Finest jades from all dynasties and periods, the legendary collection of Klaus D. Baron von Oertzen, now dispersed throughout the world.  Scholarly, important essay by Prof. Hansford covers all aspects of jade art, followed by superb illustrations of magnificent jades.  Includes Mughal and Persian jades as well as Chinese.  EXCEPTIONALLY SCARCE $ SOLD


Hartman, Joan M.  CHINESE JADE of FIVE CENTURIES.  First edition.  Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1969.  172 pp, 10 color + 41 b/w plates, color frontis.  Cloth, gilt, embossed. 10 x 7 1/2.  Color illus d.j.  A superb introduction to Chinese jades, beginning with the Ming Dynasty.  In-depth text and fine pix.  Becoming SCARCE.  Fine copy.  $56


Hartman, Joan M.  CHINESE JADE.  Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 1986. First edition. xvi + 81 pp, 12 color plates, 40 b/w photos, text figs. Hardbound, color photo on cover. 8 x 5-1/2. A wonderful introduction to Chinese jade by one of the best authors. Touches all the bases and illustrated with classic examples from museums and private collections. As-new copy.  Only $14


Hemrich, Gerald I. The HANDBOOK of JADE.   Mentone, Ca: Gembooks, 1966.  81 pp illus, photos.  Centerstapled, wraps.  8 1/4 x 5 1/2.  One of the best concise introductions to the subject of jade, strong on jade mineralogy.  Covers jade worldwide, color and quality, pseudojades, buying, collecting, sources, US locations, working, and carving.  Reduced  to $13.95 


Herrington, Chad.  EARLY CHINESE STONE and CIRCULAR ART.  La Mesa, CA: Chad Herrington, 2003.  (5) + 262 pp, 330 color plates.  Cloth, silvered, color illus d.j.  11 1/4 x 9.  This incredible book showcases an extraordinary collection of more than 1240 items, mostly archaic jades, but also agate, carnelian, and glass objects from theDong Son Culture, c. 1000-700 BC.  Covers back to 6000 BC and includes a selection of  ancient bronze mirrors.  Never-before-published pieces well illus in this limited edition, autographed copy.  Only $65


Hitt, Henry C.  OLD CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES: Notes, with a Catalogue of a Modest Collection.  Rutland, Vt: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1978.  (First Tuttle edition; first published privately in 1945.)  xii + 121 pp, neat hand printing w/ line drawing illus, one color and two b/w plates tipped-in.  Cloth, gilt, illus. d.j.  8 1/2 x 6.  The Tuttle facsimile edition of this very collectible and highly useful book.  Should be in every collector’s library.  Excellent copy with sticker of prestigious Warren Imports, Laguna Beach, only $42


Irvine, Gregory.   JAPANESE CLOISONNÉ ENAMELS.  London : V&A Publishing, 2011. 96 pp, color illus. Stiff covers, color illus, folded. 9-1/2 x 6-3/4.  Superb cloisonné enamels from the V&A's historical collection as well as the Edwin Davies collection, beautifully illustrated. Masterpieces from late 17th C. through the Golden Age and into the 20th C. New copy, bargain priced. Only $9


Kelley, Clarence W.   STONES of VIRTUE: CHINESE JADES from the GERALD GODFREY COLLECTION.   Dayton, Ohio: The Dayton Art Institute, 1989.  52 pp, 30 color plates.  Stiff wrprs, color illus,10 x 8.  Magnificent pieces from earliest archaicto Qing in razor-sharp color plates; up-to-date text.  $22.50


Kerr, Alex.   IMMORTAL IMAGES: The JADE COLLECTION of MARGARET and TRAMMELL CROW.   (Curator: Larry Niblett)  Dallas: Crow Family Interests, 1989.  xiii + (1) + 109 + (1) pp, color illus.  Cloth, embossed, gilt, color illus d.j., 12 x 9.  Incredible collection of wide scope, beautifully photographed.  Hard to believe such a collection is in private hands.  SCARCE, sometimes sells for $90 and up.  $45.00


Keverne, Roger (Ed.).  JADE.  London: Lorenz Books (Anness Publ. Ltd.), 1991.  376 pp, more than 500 color illus.  Cloth, illus endpapers, color illus d.j.  13 x 9 3/4.  A landmark in the study of the revered gemstone, combining the most authoritative contemporary jade research and opinion from the world's leading experts.  Hundreds of color photographs of jades from every continent, the majority never previously published.  Structured geographically and historically, plus sections on jade gemology, advice for buyers and collectors, and jade collections.  Also glossaries, an indispensible annotated bibliography, and a fine introduction by Keverne.  A must-have book.  Long o.p. and now SCARCE Excellent 1st edition, 2nd printing, only $89.  Also available, a near-mint x-lib copy in d.j. protector, only $89*; and one copy of the HIGHLY SOUGHT first printing (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1991), only $110*


Laufer, Berthold.   JADE: A STUDY in CHINESE ARCHAEOLOGY & RELIGION.   2nd edition.  S. Pasadena: P. D. & Ione Perkins, 1946.  (Reprint of 1912 ed.)  (2) + xiv + 370 pp, 68 plates (6 in color), 204 text figs.  Cloth, textured, gilt, illus d.j.  9 1/4 x 6 3/8.  Hardbound edition of one of the must-have jade “classics,” superior to the later Dover reprint (below).  Comprehensive early study of archaic jades.  Chapters include: Jade and other stone implements; Jade symbols of sovereign power; Astronomical instruments of jade; Jade as writing material; Jade in religious worship; Jade coins and seals; Personal ornaments of jade; Jade amulets of the dead; Jade objects used in dressing the corpse; Jade carvings of fish, quadrupeds, and human figures in the grave; Vases of jade; Jade in the 18th century; and Jade in other periods and cultures.  SCARCE.  Fine copy, a few pp with light toning. Dust jacket chipped and torn, but RARE to find a copy with d.j. at all.  Only $48


Laufer, Berthold.  JADE: A STUDY in CHINESE ARCHAEOLOGY & RELIGION.   Publication of Field Museum of Natural History, Anthropological Series, Vol. X.  N.Y: Dover Publ., 1974.  (Reprint of 1912 Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History ed.)  xiv + 370 + (5) pp, 68 plates, 204 text figs.  Paperback, sewn.  8 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Fine reprint of one of the jade “classics,” a comprehensive early study of archaic jades (see description above).  A must-have.  Now o.p., becoming hard to find.   $24


Laufer, Berthold.   ARCHAIC CHINESE JADES, Collected in China by A. W. Bahr, Now in Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.  Described by Berthold Laufer.  Thirty-six Plates, Three of Which are Colored.  Limited edition. N.Y: Privately printed for A. W. Bahr, 1927 (Lakeside Press, Chicago).  Inscribed dedication on f.e.p. "from Billy Bahr."   51 pp + 33 b/w plates + 3 color plates + (1) pp, illustrating 144 jades.  Paper over boards, gilt, cloth spine.  10 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches.  Extraordinarily rare book beautifully illustrating the superb archaic jades that became the backbone of the Chicago museum collection.  Most of these pieces are not published elsewhere.  Excellent condition, previous owner name on f.e.p.   $ SOLD


Lawton, Thomas.  CHINESE ART of the WARRING STATES PERIOD, Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C.  Washington: Freer Gallery of Art, 1982.  202 + (1) pp, 138 items illus in b/w and color plates, most multiple view, figs, map, color frontis.  Stiff covers, color illus. 10 3/4 x 9.  Superb book by the renowned Smithsonian Museums jade expert.  Filled with sharp, crisp photos of jades from the absolute zenith of Chinese jade carving.  Also bronzes and lacquer ware.  A fine copy.  $30


Leung, J. H., Agatha Aronson, et alA NEW LOOK of CHINESE INSIDE PAINTED SNUFF BOTTLES.   First edition. Beijing: Yang Xin Xuan Art Books Printing Co., 1990. (2) + 212 + (1) pp, 968 bottles in color illus. Cloth, gilt, color illus endpapers, color illus d.j. 14 1/4 x 10 1/2. This gorgeous, informative, and well researched book will tell you everything you need to know about snuff bottles and especially inside-painted masterpieces and their artists. Fascinating stories of individual artists, the various schools and styles, and detailed explantions of the bottles themselves. Superb photography, many bottles illustrated larger than life size. If you are at all interested in inside-painted bottles you need this book. Copies SCARCE, sometimes selling for close to $200. As-new copy in slipcase, Only $74


Levy, Adrian & Cathy Scott-Clark.  The STONE of HEAVEN, Unearthing the Secret History of Imperial Green Jade Boston et al: Little Brown & Co., 2001. xxiii + 408 pp + 16 pp b/w photos; map. Cloth, gilt, color illus d.j.  9 1/2 x 6 1/4.  Combining historical research, travelogue, and investigative journalism, this study reveals the hidden history of the world's rarest and most valuable gem stone-- Imperial Green Jade.  Fascinating story of the people behind the stone that “shaped the destiny of nations and changed the lives of all who wore it.”  Published at $24.95. New copy, SPECIAL $16.95


Lion-Goldschmidt, Daisy & Jean-Claude Moreau-Gobard.  CHINESE ART.   Vol. I: Bronzes, Jade, Sculpture, Ceramics.  (Tran. from ARTS de la CHINE.)  N.Y: Rizzoli, 1980.  264 pp + b/w and color plates.  Stiff covers (sl. crease to cover corner), color illus, 10 1/2 x 8 1/4.  Magnificent publication, remarkable in its breadth of coverage.  Excellent coverage of jades and bronzes, but much, much more.  Even single volumes hard to find. Vol. I (the Jades, Bonzes, and Ceramics volume), only $24


Long Sang Ti.  CHINESE JADE, WHY CALLED "LUCKY STONE".   N.Y: Long Sang Ti Curios, 1926.  47 pp, 23 photos, paper over boards, col. scenic endpapers.  7 1/4 x 5 1/4.  One of the most charming jade books ever published.  This slim volume has rare photos of old-time jade carvers at work, as well as the jades themselves with prices (from 1926), and a very readable account of Chinese jade carving. Spine rough, cover and interior fine.  $24.95


Lung Ta-Yuan.  KU YU T'U P'U (GUYU TUPU, ILLUSTRATED DESCRIPTION [or MANUAL] of ANCIENT JADES), a.k.a. SUNG CH'UN-HSI CHIH PIEN (The Sung Catalog, 1176)).   Vols. 1-8 (of 16?).   2nd preface by Kiang Ch'un, 1779.  First printed edition. Peking: Ch'ing Ch'ien-lung year 44 (= 1779).   (1) + 124 + 144 + 166 + 144 + 168 + 170 + 144 + 168 pp, 559 woodcut illus; 46 (of 100) chuan (chapters), Chinese text.  Stitched Chinese style (some stitching loose), 12 1/4 x 7 1/4.   Custom made plexiglas storage case.   This famous, historic, and controversial book is discussed in depth by Hansford, Laufer, Born, Goette, and Pope-Hennessy.   Rawson lists it as "Long Dayuan et al. Guyu tupu, compiled in 1773 and first printed 1779."   It was notorious for being spuriously attributed to the Song emperor Gaozong (Xiaozong, 1127-62), completed in 1176 by a group of eminent scholars and artists under Long Dayuan.  The 1779 preface was written by Jiang Chun.  Declared a forgery in 1789 by the Qianlong library project, a reprint was issued 1869.  This famous book is discussed by Sinkankas in Keverne's "Jade" and by reknowned scholar Paul Pelliot in "Note on the Ku Yu t'u P'u" in T'oung Pao 29 (1932).  Ming Wilson’s recent jade book treats it extensively.  The UCLA East Asian Library has a 24 vol. edition and a London rare book dealer offered a 12(?) vol edition in 1985.  The famous Bishop Collection jade book translates one of the Prefaces.  EXCEPTIONALLY RARE and historic jade book, valuable for its 559 woodcuts.   $ SOLD


Luzzatto-Bilitz, Oscar.  ANTIQUE JADE.  (Tran. of Antiche Giade.)  London: Paul Hamlyn, 1969.  158 pp, 71 color plates.  Cloth, gilt, color illus d.j.  7 3/4 x 5 1/2.  Compact and highly readable intro to jade, with well chosen examples and excellent photos.  $24


Luzzatto-Bilitz, Oscar.  ORIENTAL LACQUER.  (Tran. of Lacche Orientali.)  London: Paul Hamlyn Publ. Group Ltd, 1969 (1966).  158 pp, 73 color plates.  Cloth, gilt, color illus d.j.  7 3/4 x 5 1/2.  Readable and well-illustrated introduction to lacquer wares, excellent photos.  $21


Lytle, Miriam Anderson.  The LIZZADRO COLLECTION, CHINESE JADES and OTHER HARD STONE CARVINGS.  Chicago: John Racila Assoc., 1982.  124 pp, 68 color photos + color foldout + b/w photos, maps.  Cloth, gilt, d.j.  11 1/2 x 9.  Brand-new copy, still in shrink-wrap.  Big, sharp color pix of simply superb pieces, especially large Qing Dynasty masterpieces.  $55


(Metropolitan Museum of Art).  TREASURES from the BRONZE AGE of CHINA, An Exhibition from the People's Republic of China.  N.Y: Ballantine Books, 1980.  192 pp, 105 color plates + b/w photos, figs.  Stiff covers, 11 x 8 1/2.  Illustrates, describes, and interprets ancient Chinese works of art, including magnificent archaic jades, lent to 5 U.S. museums. See also the scholarly edition, below.  Only $22


Meyer, Karl E. & Shareen Blair Brysac.  The CHINA COLLECTORS: AMERICA'S CENTURY-LONG HUNT for ASIAN ART TREASURES.  N.Y: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. (12) + 420 pp, b/w illus + 8 pp color plates; map. Hardbound, color illus d.j., 9-1/2 x 6-1/2. Fascinating stories of Salem sea captains, Gilded Age millionaires, curators on horseback (including one who inspired Indiana Jones), and missionaries gone native who helped bring Chinese art treasures to America. The back story on famous collections, collectors, and museums, with quite a bit about jade collecting. Published at $30. Brand-new copy, Only $14.95


(National Gallery).  The EXHIBITION of ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS of the PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC of CHINA.   An Illustrated Handlist.  Washington, D.C: National Gallery of Art, 1975.  104 pp, numerous color and b/w plates.  Stiff covers, color illus, 9 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Well-illustrated catalog of an outstanding exhibition of Chinese jades, bronzes, and other famous museum pieces the PRC.  $17.50


(National Palace Museum).   GREAT NATIONAL TREASURES of CHINA: MASTERWORKS in the NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM.  First edition.  Taipei: National Palace Museum, 1983.  339 + (1) pp, 173 extraordinary masterpieces illus in multiple color plates.  Chinese and English text.  Cloth, gilt, color illus d.j.  Color illus slipcase.  12 x 9 1/2.  The very finest of NPM’s collection, including of course many magnificent jades, bronzes, and calligraphies.  Excellent condition.  Only $35


(National Museum of History.)   JADE: A TRADITIONAL CHINESE SYMBOL of NOBILITY of CHARACTER.  Taipei: National Museum of History, 1987. (2) + 96 pp, 74 pp of color plates. Chinese and English text, captions. Textured paper over boards, gilt, d.j. illus. 10 1/2 x 7 3/4. A beautifully produced book illustrating NMH's magnificent jades. Superb photography. As-new copy in color illus slipcase, has slightly musty "old book" smell. Only  $19


(National Palace Museum).  MASTERWORKS OF CHINESE JADE in the NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM.  (Wu Feng-p'ei, Ed.)  Taipei: National Palace Museum, 1969.  (6) + 50 color plates + 40 pp Chinese, Japanese, and English commentary; figs.  Cloth, gilt, 11 x 8 1/2.  Color illus slipcase. A classic jade reference, part of the acclaimed National Palace Museum series, long out-of-print.  $49   Another copy, w/o slipcase, at $39


(National Palace Museum).   MASTERPIECES of CHINESE MINIATURE CRAFTS in the NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM.   (Wu Yu-chang, Ed.)  Taipei: National Palace Museum, 1971.  (7) + 50 color plates + 97 + (1) pp Chinese, Japanese, and English commentary.  Cloth, gilt, 11 x 8 1/2.  Color illus slipcase.  One of the superb NPM series, long out-of-print.  Filled with choicest examples illustrating the old Chinese ideal, "Perceiving grandness through smallness" (Xiao zhong jian da).  $45


(National Palace Museum).  MASTERWORKS of CHINESE JADE in the NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM - SUPPLEMENT.   (Mai Chih-ch'eng, Ed.)  Taipei: National Palace Museum, 1973.  (8) + 50 color plates + 37 pp Chinese, Japanese, and English commentary. Cloth, gilt, 11 x 8 1/2.  Plastic book protector and color illus slipcase, as issued.  50 more of the most magnificent jades from the NPM, superbly illus and described.  Highly sought reference, much harder to find than its predecessor volume.  $62


Ng, John Y. & Edmond Root.   JADE for YOU: VALUE GUIDE to FINE JEWELRY JADE First limited edition. Los Angeles (Hong Kong): Jade N Gem Corp. of America, 1984. 107 pp, numerous color illus; figs. Cloth, gilt, color illus. d.j. 11 1/4 x 8 1/2. The finest book ever written on jadeite (jewelry jade), especially the evaluation of jadeite cabochons. The valuable and meticulously printed jadeite comparison chart is described and included in this beautifully produced work. EXTREMELY SCARCE limited edition, never reprinted, highly sought. As new copy. $159


Nott, Stanley Charles. CHINESE JADE THROUGHOUT the AGES, A Review of Its Characteristics, Decoration, Folklore, and Symbolism.  Rutland, Vt: CharlesE. Tuttle Co., 1962 (reprint of 1937 edition).  xx + 193 pp + 148 b/w and color plates; figs, frontis.  Cloth, d.j.  10 3/4 x 7 3/4.  One of the first, and still one of the best, books on Chinese jades.  Mint copy in illus slipcase.  Reduced to $59   Other copies available at lower cost, inquire.


Nott, Stanley Charles.  CHINESE CULTURE in the ARTS, Being an Illustrated Descriptive Record of the Meaning of the Emblematic and Symbolic Designs Personified in the Arts of China throughout the Ages.   (Intro. H. Phelps Clawson.)  Copy #937 of f irst, limited edition of 1500 copies.  N.Y: Chinese Culture Study Group of America, 1946.  xx + 134 pp, 64 b/w plates, 26 figs, color frontis.  Cloth, gilt, scenic endpapers, color d.j. intact with 2 x 2 inch triangle missing from bottom and now in Mylar protector. Very good condition internally.  12 1/4 x 9 1/2.  Filled with Nott's brilliant essays, well illustrated with examples of his superb jade collection. Hardly ever found with d.j. in any condition at all and often sells for $300-500.  SCARCE Only $280


(Palace Museum).  JADE ARTIFACT COLLECTION in the PALACE MUSEUM.   (Zhang Guangwen & Zhang Shoushan, authors.)  First edition.  Beijing: Forbidden City Publ House of the Palace Museum, 1996.  158 pp, 150 color plates.  Chinese & English text.  Doubled stiff covers, color illus, 11 x 8.  Lavishly illustrated, well written introduction to this world famous collection.  Spine loose, otherwise perfect.   $42


Palmer, J. P.  JADE.  London: Spring Books, 1967.  44 pp + 54 color plates + 8 b/w photos.  Cloth, gilt, d.j.  10 3/4 x 9 1/2.  Still one of the absolutely best jade appreciation books, for its carefully selected examples and soft and true colors.  Contents: Introduction, The physical properties of jadeite and nephrite, Where jade is found, China Persia and India, New Zealand, Pre-Columbian America, Chronological tables, Map of Jade in Asia, Notes on the illustrations.  $26


Perry, Lilla S.    CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES: The ADVENTURES & STUDIES of a COLLECTOR.  Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co., (1969) 1960.  158 pp, 150 full-size color & b/w illus, figs.  Cloth, embossed, color illus d.j., 10 x 10 1/4.  The book that started it all!  The first-- and still the finest-- comprehensive and authoritative intro to Chinese snuff bottles.  Covers every type and material, superb illus.   A technical book, but with helpful text that reads as entertainingly as fiction.  Becoming SCARCE.  Mint copy in original illus slipcase, appears unread. $60  Private ex-lib w/ only a card pocket, no spine or other page marks, appears unread.  $50  Other copies available.


Pope-Hennessy, Una.   EARLY CHINESE JADES.  First (and only) edition, "Printed and Made in Great Britain," first American release.  N.Y: Frederick A Stokes Co., 1923.  xx + 149 pp (13 figs) + 64 plates (8 in color) illustrating 125 jades, facing tissue guards printed with captions.  Cloth, gilt, 11 3/8 x 9 inches. Highly important reference by Dame Una Birch Pope-Hennessy (1876-1949) covering jade sources, the significance of jade, astronomical instruments, the ritual jades, tablets and weapons, jades for the living and the dead, seals, musical instruments, jade mountains and vessels, animals, and much more.  Razor sharp plates of jades from top private collections, many not published elsewhere.  EXTREMELY SCARCE; when copies come on the market they sometimes sell for up to $900.  BIG, heavy book, a must-have reference for the serious collector.  This copy in excellent condition.  $ SOLD.


(Shanghai Museum).  SHANGHAI MUSEUM - ANCIENT CHINESE JADE GALLERY.   Shanghai: Shanghai Museum, 1996(?). 40 pp, color illus. Stiff covers, color illus and gilt, centerstapled. 11 1/4 x 7 1/2. Highlighting a fabulous museum collection with scores of sumptuous photos, plus some ink rubbings to bring out details. Mostly archaic jades but also up through Qianlong. Only $18.95


Schedel, J. J.  The SPLENDOR of JADE, FOUR THOUSAND YEARS of the ART of CHINESE JADE CARVING.   N.Y: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1974.  221 pp, 97 color plates, figs.  Cloth, color illus. d.j.  12 1/4 x 9.  A big volume, one of the most sumptuous of the "jade appreciation" books, showing off an absolutely unbelievable collection.  A "must have."  Copies available with/without d.j. from $88 to $118


Schoon, Theo.   JADE COUNTRY.  Sydney, Australia: Jade Arts, 1973.  143 pp, 105 color plates, 6 pp color drawings, map.  Cloth, gilt, d.j. illus. 9 3/4 x 7 1/2.  New Zealand is where the finest jade carving is taking place today.  This is one of the best overall introductions to Maori and NZ contemporary jade art.  $49


Scott, Rosemary E. (Ed.).  CHINESE JADES: COLLOQUIES on ART & ARCHAEOLOGY in ASIA No. 18.   London: Percival David Foundation, 1997.  262 pp, numerous b/w illus.   Stiff covers, color illus.   11 x 8-1/2.  Sixteen well researched and illustrated articles by top jade scholars, covering the full range of archaic jades, with interesting information about their collectors, too.  A must-have for the serious student of jade.  $50


Stevens, Bob C.  The COLLECTOR'S BOOK of SNUFF BOTTLES.  First edition.  N.Y. and Tokyo: John Weatherhill, 1976.  xvi + 312 + (1) pp, 1034 bottles illus in color plates; figs, errata sheet.  Cloth (silk), imprinted and gilt.  Color illus slipcase.  12 x 9 1/4.  The Holy Grail of snuff bottle books!  Presents the history and lore of Chinese snuff bottles, all materials and shapes, art motifs and symbolism.  Full-color photos of 1034 masterpiece bottles + 65 related objects from the world's top collections.  Detailed captions, index of collections, and important info for identifying and dating snuff bottles.  Fascinating essay: "Favorites Among the Favored."  Extensive bibliography.  Printed in Japan to the highest standards and long out of print.  This excellent condition (appears unread) First Edition EXCEPTIONALLY SCARCE.  Belongs on the shelf of every serious snuff bottle collector.  Reduced to $260   New copy of (also SCARCE) 1994 slipcased reprint also available: $145


Tsiang, Katherine R.  RADIANCE and VIRTUE: The R. NORRIS SHREVE COLLECTION of CHINESE JADE and OTHER ORIENTAL WORKS of ART.  Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1983. 88 pp, approx. 100 crisp b/w photos. Stiff covers, color illus, 11 x 8-1/2. Professor Shreve's amazing collection of Chinese jades, well illustrated and described. Brand new copy. $35


Two Winds, Co., Ltd.  EXHIBITION of SPECIAL CHINA-PEKING ARTS and CRAFTS.  Tamar Productions, Inc., 1979.  79 pp, color plates.  Cloth, gilt, d.j.  11 1/4 x 8 3/4.  Superb, full-page pix of contemporary jade and hardstone carvings.  $19


Ward, Fred.  JADE.  Fred Ward Gem Series.  First edition.  Bethesda, Md: Gem Book Publishers, 1996.  64 pp, more than 100 color photos.  Stiff covers, color illus, 9 x 6.  This superb book by the noted jade author covers the full range of jade worldwide, with special emphasis on Chinese jades.  Includes a useful jadeite color chart. Only $15


Watt, James C. Y.   CHINESE JADES from HAN to CH'ING.   N.Y: The Asia Society, 1980. 235 pp, 229 items illus in numerous b/w and color plates. Color frontis. Cloth, color illus d.j.. 9 3/4 x 9. James Watt (Qu Zhi-ren) was Curator at Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. This superb book is filled with the choicest examples, well illustrated and carefully explained. One of the jade book “must have's.” Copies are highly sought and hard to find, especially this fine condition cloth edition.  $70  Also available a fine copy of the softbound edition, only $50


Watt, James C. Y.  CHINESE JADES from the COLLECTION of the SEATTLE ART MUSEUM.  Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 1989.  128 pp, 109 jades illus in color and b/w plates, frontis.  Cloth, silvered, color illus d.j.. 11 1/4 x 9.  Superb book, presenting one of the Nation's finest jade collections in gorgeous photographs.  Exceptionally clean as-new x-lib copy (from Horizon House Library), very SCARCE in the hardbound edition.  $50


Watt, James C. Y.  CHINESE JADES from the COLLECTION of the SEATTLE ART MUSEUM.  Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 1989.  128 pp, 109 jades illus in color and b/w plates, frontis.  Stiff covers, color illus, 11 x 9.  Affordable copy of this superb book, presenting one of the Nation's finest jade collections.  Brand new copy.  $27


Weisbrod, Michael B. et al.  TENTH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION, MICHAEL B. WEISBROD, Inc., SELECTED CHINESE WORKS of ART.  2 - 19 December 1986.  N.Y: Weisbrod Chinese Art Ltd., 1986.  157 pp, 72 color and b/w plates, 3 foldouts.  Stiff covers, color illus, 10 x 8.  The finest bronzes, ceramics, sculpture, etc. (but no jades).  $15


(Weisbrod, Michael B., Inc.)   RELIGION and RITUAL in CHINESE ART.  8-22 December 1987.  N.Y: Weisbrod Chinese Art Ltd., 1987.  131 pp, 53 items illus in color, foldout.  Stiff covers, color illus, 10 x 8.   Superb bronzes, ceramics, and other works of art, including 6 very fine jades.  $20


(Weisbrod, Michael B., Inc.)   A PRIVATE COLLECTION of EARLY CHINESE JADE CARVINGS.  November - December 1994.  N.Y: Weisbrod Chinese Art Ltd., 1994.  (1) + 85 + (1) pp, 45 items illus in color, foldout.  Stiff covers, color illus, 10 x 8.   Magnificent early jades, interesting and scholarly text.  SCARCE.   $38


Whitlock, Herbert P. & Martin L. Ehrmann. The STORY of JADE.   N.Y: Sheridan House, 1949 (1965 reprint).  222 pp, 179 plates, 3 color plates, endcover maps.  Cloth, gilt, d.j.  11 1/4 x 7 3/4.  A superb introduction to Chinese jades, showing many examples of the kinds of jades you may actually be able to purchase, as well as the museum examples.  (An excellent ex-lib copy with d.j. protector (*) is also available, same price.)  $55


Williams, C. A. S.  ENCYCLOPEDIA of CHINESE SYMBOLISM and ART MOTIVES, An alphabetical compendium of antique legends and beliefs, as reflected in the manners and customs of the Chinese.   Intro. By Kazimitsu W. Kato. Edison, NJ: Castle Books, 1974.  xiv + (6) + 468 + (1) pp, b/w figs.  Hardbound, gilt, color illus d.j., 9 x 6.   This reissue of the famous 1932 3rd revised edition should be in the library of anyone interested in understanding Chinese jades and decorative arts.  Hundreds-- or is it thousands-- of illus entries.  Excellent condition, appears unread, d.j. in Mylar protector.   Only $15.95


Wills, Geoffrey.  JADE: A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE.  A. S. Barnes, 1968.  121 pp, 29 photos; figs.  Cloth, d.j.  8 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Classic older book with much of value for the jade collector.  $22


Wills, Geoffrey.  JADE of the EAST.  N.Y: John Weatherhill, Inc., 1972.  196 pp, 162 color & b/w plates; figs.  Cloth, gilt. 12 1/4 x 9 1/4.  Color illus slipcase, orig publisher's slipband.  Wills' magnum opus, one of the first and finest jade appreciation books, with magnificent illus, practical and useful text, and supplemented with coverage of non-Chinese jades as well.  Belongs on every collector's shelf.  Becoming SCARCE.  Mint copy.  $62


Wilson, Ming.  CHINESE JADES.   Victoria & Albert Museum Far Eastern Series. London: V&A Publns, 2004. 127 pp, 124 color illus, color frontis. Cloth, silvered, color illus d.j. 10 x 8 1/2. Superb, absolutely must-have book with up-to-date essays on jades, even a chapter on imitations and fakes. Wonderfully illustrated with famous V&A jades as well as many previously unpublished. See full review here. Your choice of as-new copy ... or ... fine copy from the prestigious Trammel Crow Collection with their internal pocket, no external marks, only  $47


Yang, Xiaoneng.  SCULPTURE of XIA & SHANG CHINA. Hong Kong: Tai Dao Publ Ltd., 1988. (2) + vii + 302 pp, 316 color & b/w plates, 41 figs, 2 tables. Cloth, color illus d.j.,10 1/2 x 7 1/2. Informative chapters on sculpture during the Erlitou Culture period and the Shang Dynasty including jade, stone, bronze, bone, and pottery artifacts, all beautifully displayed in colorful photographs and detailed illustrations. Fine copy of this SCARCE book.  Only $22


Yang, Xiaoneng (Ed.).  The GOLDEN AGE of CHINESE ARCHAEOLOGY: CELEBRATED DISCOVERIES from the PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC of CHINA.  Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1999.  584 pp, hundreds of color plates.  Stiff covers, color illus, 12 3/8 x 10.  Huge, heavy book presents more than 170 masterpieces of ancient Chinese art, including numerous jades but also bronzes, ivory, ceramics, and more.  Scholarly, up-to-date essays.  Outstanding photography, including extreme closeups that permit study of the jade workmanship.  Orig publ'd at $80.  Brand new copy, still in shrink-wrap.  $50


Zara, Louis.  JADE.  Collectors' Blue Books. N.Y: Walker & Co., 1969.  Autographed first edition.  84 pp, 54 b/w photos, 2 color plates, frontis. Cloth, gilt, illus d.j.  8 1/2 x 6 1/4.  Excellent classic reference with much of value for the jade collector.  $24   Copy without autograph or without d.j. also avail, lower cost (inquire).


Zeitner, June Culp with Hing Wa Lee.  HOW to CARVE JADE& GEMS.  n.p: Northern Gem Press, 1987.  vi + 130 pp, 18 color plates + 89 b/w photos, frontis.  Leatherette, gilt. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4.  If you've ever wanted to carve jade yourself, or to obtain a better appreciation of the jade carver's art, this is the book for you.  Written by a modern master jade carver, well illus. A fine copy, now SCARCE$55


Zhang, Minghua.  CHINESE JADE: POWER and DELICACY IN A MAJESTIC ART.  (Trans. of Yu Qi.)  San Francisco: Long River Press, 2004.  (2) + 77 pp, color & b/w illus.  Cloth, embossed, silvered, decorative endpapers, color illus d.j.  7 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Beautifully illustrated and well written, this book explores the history and variety of Chinese jade masterpieces.  One of the excellent Arts of China series.  Brand new copy still in shrink-wrap.  Only $12.95 


Zhou Kexi.  CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY.  (Trans: Yawtsong Lee)  Discovering China series. Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest (Shanghai Press & Publ Development), 2008. 119 pp, color illus. Cloth, color illus & embossed d.j. 8-1/2 x 5-7/8. A wonderful exploration of the aesthetics, culture, and history surrounding this treasured art form. Emphasizing the beauty of Chinese calligraphy, this book overviews the five kinds of scripts, namely seal script (zhuan), clerical script (li), regular script (kai), running script (xing) and cursive script (cao), each illustrated with masterpiece examples. Brand new copy.  Only $14.95 


 
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