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    Sale 7634

    The London Sale: Jewels

    10 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 143

    KUNZ, GEORGE FREDERICK AND CHARLES HUGH STEVENSON. THE BOOK OF THE PEARL. THE HISTORY, ART, SCIENCE, AND INDUSTRY OF THE QUEEN OF GEMS. NEW YORK: THE CENTURY CO., 1908

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    KUNZ, GEORGE FREDERICK AND CHARLES HUGH STEVENSON. THE BOOK OF THE PEARL. THE HISTORY, ART, SCIENCE, AND INDUSTRY OF THE QUEEN OF GEMS. NEW YORK: THE CENTURY CO., 1908
    Large octavo (285 x 195mm). Colour portrait frontispiece of Tsarina Alexandra, 99 plates, some of these in colour, some with captions on printed tissue guards. Publisher's original light blue cloth, spine and upper cover richly blocked in gilt, top edge gilt, others rough-trimmed (some wear to the spine, edges rubbed, hinges split but holding). FIRST EDITION of this richly illustrated work, and still one of the most important books in the field. Sinkankas, Gemology, 3690.


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