First edition, first printing. Publisher's original quarter black cloth over illustrated boards, in dustwrapper. Illustrated throughout in black and white and with numerous tables. A very good or better copy, the binding square and tight. The contents with a 2cm tear and some associated creasing to one text page and some creasing to another (apparently the result of a printing error) are otherwise in excellent condition, clean throughout and free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps. Were it not for these two pages it would be an uncommonly fine copy. Complete with the very good or better dustwrapper which has a little creasing to the foot of the panels and spine and a minor closed tear to the foot of the upper joint. Not price-clipped.
Volume 5, part 5 of Needham's highly acclaimed, groundbreaking series exploring the history of science and technology in China. A scarce volume.
Stock code: 19359