Catalogue of the Leonard Gow Collection of Chinese Porcelain - Robert Lockhart Hobson 1931 - Privately Printed by George W. Jones at The Sign of The Dolphin in Gough Square, London - First Edition, Number 192 of 300 copies. First and only edition of this lavish work, signed by Leonard Gow, ‘with one hundred and fifty pages of descriptive letterpress, printed on English hand-made paper.’ and ‘with one hundred and forty-four illustrations in colour, and eighty-nine illustrations in monochrome. The whole have been reproduced direct from the Porcelain.   Leonard Gow (1859-1936) was a shipping magnate, Glasgow businessman and resident of Camis Eskan on the Firth of Clyde. The catalogue describes 421 pieces, mostly superb pieces of the K'ang Hsi period (1661-1722), blue-and-white, powder blue, familles verte, jaune and noire, and monochromes.

Robert Lockhart Hobson [1873-1941] was one of the first British authorities on the ceramics of the Far East, and became responsible for the Far Eastern ceramics at the British Museum in 1921. His contribution to Qing ceramics scholarship was of great importance and included his entries in the catalogue of the great George Eumorfopoulos collection published in 1927.

Provenance: From the library of Ronald Longsdorf with his bookplate and Chinese stamp.

Quarto, pp. [6] xxxix [1] 108 [1 limitation page] [9]. Front free endpaper, neatly excised. In publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, coat of arms and motto of the Gow family blocked in gilt to front panel, top edge trimmed in gilt, others untrimmed.
  Condition: Near fine, front free endpaper neatly excised.   Ref: 107842   Price: HK$ 19,000