3 December 2007
[YERKES, Charles Tyson, collection]. MUMFORD, John Kimberly. The Yerkes Collection of Oriental Carpets. New York: The Knapp Company, 1910.
2o (552 x 351 mm). 28 plates (including a duplicate of plate 27). Loose as issued in green silk portfolio, gilt-decorated on front cover, silk ties (ties fraying, some minor soiling). Provenance: George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum (bookplate on half-title, library stamps throughout).
LIMITED EDITION, number 106 of 750 copies of the American Edition. Charles Tyson Yerkes, the infamous banker who was responsible for building a large part of Chicago's transit system, had visions of an elaborate catalogue of hand-painted reproductions illustrating the finer examples of oriental carpets in his collection. His death in 1905 prevented the project from being finished, and in 1910, when the bulk of his estate was to be sold, this catalogue was published.
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