Goddio, Franck. Guyot de Saint Michael, Evelyne Jay.


Periplus, 1st.ed., 1999. Xv + 351 pp. profusely illustrated with photographs (chiefly cold.), drawings, facsimiles, etc. D.j. sewn-in bookmark ; marbled slip-case. 35 x 25cm. FINE. Signed Presentation Copy from one of the authors inscribed : "To Colin White an souvenir of a joint expedition on the route of the 'Goliath' in Aboukir. With my personal regards, E. J. Michael. 2. 7. 1999". (Dr. Colin White, 1951-2008, Director of the Royal Naval Museum, author and naval historian). This book is the result of 15 years of research, restoration and preservation of the thousands of items recovered from the wreck of the Hon. East India Company's ship GRIFFIN which sank with a cargo of porcelain, silks and tea in the Sulu Sea in 1761. When she was lost the ship formed part of a convoy sailing along an alternate sea route in unknown waters, part of a secret mission for her owners. The discovery of her wreck and the recovery of so many artefacts not only throws new light on European trading patterns during the 18th century, but above all greatly increases our knowledge of the great Chinese art of porcelain manufacture and decoration and its master artists. This beautifully produced book with its wealth of illustrations and quality of paper, printing and binding, describes the background to the story, the route to India, the GRIFFIN ' from shipwreck to excavation, a history of her cargo, etc., etc. The ship was built in England and ballasted with pig iron from Maryland in colonial America. She was enroute from China when she sank off the Philippines in the Sultanate of Jolo. The amount of detail with regard to her cargo is remarkable - especially her beautiful Chinese porcelain. Each item is illustrated and described and there is an account of its conservation. Signed Presentation Copy to the late Dr. Colin White.

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