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The Keramic Gallery, by William Chaffers  

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The Keramic [ceramic] Gallery Containing Several Hundred Illustrations of Rare Curious and Choice Examples of Pottery and Porcelain from the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Present Century with Historical Notices and Descriptions

Chaffers, William


Chapman & Hall



Two volumes. 222 pages of text and over 220 mounted Woodburytypes interleaved with tissue guards. (8vo) 25.4x15.9 cm (10x6¼"), publisher's sanguine-colored cloth with ornate black and gilt pictorial decoration, all edges gilt. First Edition.

Photographs showing more than 400 ceramic objects. The first edition of an often reprinted work, based on a series of lectures on pottery and porcelain Chaffers gave in the Society of Arts in 1867. Having been asked to publish these lectures he states as follows: "A recent invention of photography having been submitted to me by Mr. Cundall as a desirable and comparatively economical means of illustrating these Lectures, I resolved to adopt the Woodbury process of printing the plates in permanent ink from metal cliches, transferred from photographic negatives. These have been taken under my superintendence, expressly for this work, from examples in well-known collections, thus securing in every instance absolutely faithful copies of the originals." - Preface. 

Lot Amendments

Small tears to cloth at head of Vol. I, rubbing with a bit of fraying at joints and corners; occasional closed edge-tears, leaves mildly toned; Woodburytypes very good; overall very good.

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