Mediterranean and Near Eastern Embroideries from the collection of Mrs. F. H. Cook. TWO VOLUMES.

Wace, A. J. B.

Book ID: 316


4to. Volume I: Text: xiv, [1], 87 pp., [1], 1 double page map, 8 figures in text, illustrations, index / Volume II: Plates: 135 colour and b/w plates, of which one tipped-in and folding, original green buckram, title gilt on spine & front cover, gilt motif on front covers, occasional minor spotting in volume 2, otherwise set in very good condition, Halton & Company Ltd, London, 1935.


This edition is limited to 250 copies numbered from 1 to 250. This copy is not numbered. It covers the embroideries of Algeria, Morocco, the Greek Islands, Caucasus, Persia, Turkey and India. “The collection herein described so carefully by Mr Wace was started by my husband Franck Henry Cook in the early ‘eighties when he purchased the subject of the first two plates. It was in the Near East and during his many years in Egypt that he developed the most pleasant recreation of browsing amongst the embroideries of discursive dealers in these wares, and with growing discernment acquired the pieces illustrated showing his love for colour and quality. Not all of the subjects shown are perfect. Some of them are shadows of their original beauty, but they were loveable and worthy of imagination and this is a book devoted to the use of students and dedicated to the memory of him who inspired the conception of its publication.” Foreword by Beatrice Cook. Ref: Creswell 1216.

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