WACE, A. J. B. Mediterranean and Near Eastern Embroideries from the Collection of F. H. Cook. London, Halton & Company Ltd., 1935.
Large 4to. Original green cloth, gilt, in the original slip-case; pp. xiv, , 87, [2, colophon]; , double-page map and 135 plates (one folded, mounted and linen-backed); light marking to slip-case; a little foxed, as usual, not affecting illustrations; a good set.
First edition, number 28 of a limited edition of 250. '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). - The main body of this textile collection carefully described and illustrated consists of samples from the Greek Islands and Epirus (plates 10 to 90). Further 20 plates depict textiles from Turkey, the rest shows samples from the Maghreb, Persia, India and the Caucasus.