London: Chiswick Press, 1910.
author. Catalogue of the Collection of Jewels and Precious Works of Art. The Property of J. Pierpont Morgan Compiled at his Request by G.C. Williamson, Litt.D. London: Chiswick Press, 1910.
Limited edition of 150 copies printed on handmade paper for private circulation only. This being number fifty-one. Large quarto [15 x 11 1/2 inches; 377 x 300 mm). xxi, [3, blank], 183, [1, imprint] pp. with errata slip before page 1. Title printed in black and red. With ninety-four mounted photogravures in black and white including frontispiece. Additional illustrations in the text. Plates with descriptive tissue-guards.
Half green morocco over green cloth. Morocco ruled in gilt. Spine stamped and lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Marbled endpapers. Silk page markers. Housed in a green cloth, velvet lined slipcase. A fine copy of the beautiful item.
"The whole of the plates of this book have been engraved by Hallet Hyatt, of 111, Oxford Street, London. All the photographs have been taken by him, and the whole of the hand-coloured facsimiles were painted under his supervision. The book has been printed at the Chiswick Press. The Index has been prepared by Miss Lilian Mackie." (From the colophon).
"The objets d'art illustrated include rings, rosaries and rosary beads, reliquaries, necklaces, pendant jewels, silver and niello medallions, portrait medallions, ivory and enameled caskets, buttons, seals, chalices, cups, vases and clocks" (Christies)
George C. Williamson was an art historian who sometimes advised J. Pierpont Morgan on his purchases. This is one of three catalogues he produced of Morgan's collection. "This very large, beautiful, and superbly-produced book was manufactured from the finest materials as befitted the tastes and the pocketbook of J. P. Morgan, and providing one of the finest collection catalogs of all time... The depicted and described objects fall into the following classes: jewels, portraits in wax, carved woodwork, rock crystal and glass, gold and silver plate... precious materials, and the precious objects of Prince's Gate.." - Sinkankas 7243.