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Gugong Zhoukan (or) ku kung chou k'an (Gu gong zhou kan / [bian ji chu Beiping gu gong bo wu yuan].) Museum Palace weekly Gugong Xunkan (originally titled, Gugong Zhoukan)
Peking: National Palace Museum, 1936. Softbound. All issues in varying degrees of condition but mostly clean, tight contents with wear to spines, age toning to covers, and soiling to covers of index. Art museum ex-lib. copy with bookplate and pocket inside folio covers.. 21 paperbound volumes plus an index to those volumes. All housed in a custom-made folio-slipcase of grey buckram/boards with black lettering. Profusely illustrated. HEAVY AND WILL REQUIRE EXTRA POSTAGE!!!!! (28 pounds / 12.7 kilos / two stone). Text in Chinese. Each bound volume has a different color paper for the outer wraps, with an image in the center. A note on the cover of issue for Vol. 1 states that this was issued bi-weekly. Independent research indicates it was published weekly, or more frequently at times with appx. 4 volumes per year. Collated as follows: V.1: pp. 1-104, comprised of 26 issues in uniformly colored ink, preceded by 3 pp. V.2: (104 pp. 26 issues preceded by 3 pp); Vol.3: (96 pp. 24 issues preceded by 3 pp.); Vol. 4: (96 pp. 24 issues preceded by 3 pp.); Vol. 5: (96 pp. preceded by 3 pp., covers are thicker, format changes to 8 pp. per issue and different ink colors each issue); Vol. 6: 128 pp. comprised of 16 issues printed in different colors preceded by 3 pp.; Vol. 7: 80 pp. comprised of 20 4 pp issues in uniform ink color, preceded by 3 pp.; Vol. 8: pp. 81-180 comprised of 25 4 pp. issues printed in uniform ink color, preceded by 3 pp. Vol. 9: pp. 181-280, comprised of 25 issues 4 pp. printed in uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp.. Vol. 10: pp. 281-380, comprised of 25 issues 4 pp. each printed in uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp. Vol. 11: pp. 381-480, 25 issues, uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp. Vol. 12: pp. 481 - 580, 25 issues in uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp. Vol. 13: pp. 581-680, 25 issues in uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp. Vol. 14: pp. 681-780, 25 issues printed in uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp. Vol. 15: pp. 781-880, 25 issues printed in uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp.. Vol. 16: pp. 881-980, 25 issues printed in uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp. tear to page 980 with tiny loss; Vol. 17: pp. 981-1080, 25 issues printed in uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp. Vol. 18: pp. 1081-1180, 25 issues printed in uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp. Vol. 19: pp. 1181-1280, 25 issues printed in uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp. Vol. 20: pp. 1281-1380, 25 issues printed in uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp. Vol. 21: pp. 1381-1520, 35 issues printed in uniform ink, preceded by 3 pp. minor damage to page edges, slight loss to corner of front cover. Index is 33 pp. This seems to add up to 508 issues, various bibliographies call for 510 issues, no pages missing during collation. Google "gu-gong-zhou-kan.php" for a typical bibliographical entry. The contents of these weekly publications coincides with critical moments in the history of the Palace Museum and are vital reference works. Complete sets are extemely scarce. A similar set, bound as 5 volumes, sold for $26,250 at the Robert Ellsworth Library sale in March 2015.
      [Bookseller: Mullen Books, Inc. ABAA / ILAB]
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