Grandeur et Suprematie de Peking - Alphonse Hubrecht 1928 - Imprimerie des Lazaristes du Pé-t'ang, Peking - First and Limited Edition number XXIII of 50 ‘Exemplaires de Grand Luxe’ printed on ‘Papier de Grand Luxe’ A stunningly silk bound copy of this wonderful work, illustrated with seventy full page half-tone photographic plates [with 140 photographs], 560 woodblock in-text engravings, ten full page woodblock plates, a full page plan comparing Peking through the ages, woodblock initials incorporating monuments of Peking, and 220 zincographic engravings of Chinese art [Zincography was a planographic printing process that used zinc plates].

This copy, in a variant binding of orange pictorial silk, is also one of a hundred copies that contained an additional eight full page hand water-coloured woodblock prints of nine porcelain works from the Louvre Museum [Opposite pages 460, 452, 412 [2], 404, 188, 180, 124, 116], water-coloured illustrated limitation page and extra illustrated title page, thirty water-coloured large initials with floral decoration.

This comprehensive work is divided in two parts, one historical, one descriptive. The historical part begins with the Mongol Empire [13th to 14th Century] and ends at the first decades of the Republic of China [1912]. The descriptive part describes the palaces, temples, Imperial Tombs, and also family life in China, social life, beliefs, etc.’ [
Bibliotheca Wittockiana 123]
  Reference: Bibliotheca Wittockiana Western Travellers in China Discovering the Middle Kingdom 123.
Folio (32.5 x 25.5 cm) pp. [4] xi [1] 607 [3]. In what we believe to have been later bright orange pictorial silk covered boards, spine with green morocco title label lettered in gilt. This could also have been

The printing was limited to 1,000 copies, of which the first 100 where considered ‘Grand Luxe’ and contained an additional eight full page hand water-coloured woodblock prints of nine porcelain works from the Louvre Museum [Opposite pages 116, 124, 180, 188, 404, 412 (two illustrations on one sheet), 452, 460], water-coloured illustrated limitation page and extra illustrated title page, and thirty water-coloured large initials with floral decoration, and housed in a folding case of Chinese style, covered in precious decorated silk, and embellished with an embroidered Dragon of gold thread. Although we have no bibliographical reference, evidence suggests that each copy may also have included a two part box in red silk, with a repeat of the title page tipped on to the upper lid (this has been seen with examples of the 100 ‘Grand Luxe’ copies and the standard 900 copies).

Of the 1,000 copies there were fifty ‘Grand Luxe’ copies with the extra water coloured illustrations and printed on ‘Papier Impérial du Japon Veritable’ numbered 1 to 50; fifty ‘Grand Luxe’ copies with the extra water coloured illustrations and printed on ‘Papier de Grand Luxe’ numbered I to L (using Roman Numerals, and not as originally described on the title verso as ‘51 à 100’); and the balance of nine hundred copies printed on ‘Papier Alfa Satiné’ numbered 101 to 1000.
  Condition: Near fine, light wrinkling to free endpapers, fading of gilt lettering to label, one or two faint finger marks, archival repair to closed tear on page 31.   Ref: 107757   Price: HK$ 38,000