KOOP, Albert J. (1877-1945)
Early Chinese Bronzes
London: Ernest Benn Limited, 1924. 4to. (13 x 9 1/4 inches). viii, 84pp. 110 full-page black and white plates. Signed by the author.
Full original brown leather, spine in six compartments with raised bands, top edge gilt, other edges uncut.
Deluxe first edition of this scarce reference book on Chinese bronze objects: numbered 31 out of 40 copies of which only 35 were offered for sale.
An important work in the fields of both art and archaeology, the author attempts to display the range of bronze objects produced in China from the Hsia dynasty (2205 BC) to the Sung dynasty (1279 AD). It includes an excellent bibliography, is well indexed, and provides information on detecting forgeries. Koop wrote the work while he was on the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum.