The Bishop Collection. Investigations and Studies in Jade. Edited by George F. Kunz. New York: Privately Printed [by the De Vinne Press], 1906.
Heber Reginald Bishop, 1840-1902
2 volumes, large 2o (610 x 450 mm). Etched portrait and 97 plates, including 13 original watercolor drawings by Li Shih-ch'uan, 36 colored lithographs, 31 copper engravings and 17 woodcuts, many of the plates with two or more figures per page, text illustrations and ornaments, diagrams, maps and facsimiles. (One colored lithograph torn completely across the image, another colored lithograph with a short marginal tear partially crossing image, another colored lithograph rubbed). Dark green morocco gilt, central elaborately gilt initials "HG", spine in 6 compartments, gilt-lettered in 2, others with ornamental gilt design, pale green watered-silk linings, top edges gilt, others uncut, by Stikeman. (Volume one upper and lower covers reattached, volume 2 hinges just splitting, joints, spines and extremeties rubbed in both volumes).
LIMITED EDITION, number 10 of 100 copies for presentation, printed on American hand-made paper. Bishop amassed the greatest collection of jade in America in the second half of the 19th century. His collection was left to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and forms the foundation of their jade holdings. Bishop's estate produced this important work as a tribute to his collection, in a small limitation for private distribution. They employed the De Vinne press and the Stikeman bindery for the work, and after one hundred copies were printed the type was distributed and the plates destroyed. This monumental production included contributions by 28 authorities including Dr. Stephen W. Bushell, George F. Kunz, Dr. Robert Lilley, Tadamasa Hayashi, Prof. L. von Jaczewski, Dr. A.B. Meyer, Dr. Max Bauer, Prof. A.A. Damour and Dr. Ludwig Leiner.