The Story of Jade. Herbert P. WHITLOCK, Martin L. Ehrmann.

The Story of Jade.

New York: Sheridan House, 1949. First Edition. Hardcover. Small quarto. 222pp. Rust cloth gilt title panel with green titling on spine, gilt author names on spine, green and gilt device to upper board, map endpapers, index. Colour and b&w illustrations. Published posthumously following the death of author Whitlock, this is his master work written over many years as Curator of the Morgan Gem Collection and the Drummond Jade Collection of New York's American Museum of Natural History. The publisher observes that the author explains "the many meanings of the shapes and symbols ...the Taoist symbols found on carved jade are interpreted and the influence of Buddhist symbolism upon jade carving is revealed. ...many illustrations amplify and illuminate the text .. with every piece explained - from the most ancient burial jades to th emore ornate modern carvings from the collections of Chinese emperors and empresses." Bruising to spine ends, spine a bit chafed, page edges a bit darkened, else a tight, clean VG+ copy in Good dust jacket (Dust jacket is rubbed and a little discoloured, all edges & folds chafed, chipped and creased. Now protected in mylar cover). Item #66305