Old Chinese snuff bottles notes, with a catalogue of a modest collection by Henry C. Hitt

Cover of: Old Chinese snuff bottles | Henry C. Hitt

Published by Tuttle in Rutland, Vt .

Written in English

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Places:

  • China.

Subjects:

  • Snuff boxes and bottles -- China.,
  • Snuff boxes and bottles -- Collectors and collecting.

Edition Notes

Book details

Statementby Henry C. Hitt.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsNK9507 .H5 1978
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 121 p. :
Number of Pages121
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4900125M
ISBN 100804812209
LC Control Number76044088

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