WHITTINGTON PRESS. CAVE, Roderick. ~ Chinese Ceremonial Papers. An Illustrated Bibliography.
37 original tipped-in specimens of Chinese ceremonial papers, together with one larger folding specimen housed in rear pocket and one other more elaborate example housed in a separate black portfolio. Seal cut by Judy Ling Wong. Pp. 62. Folio, bound by the Fine Bindery in original half grey buckram over rust coloured paper boards, Chinese paper decoration to upper cover, gilt lettering to spine. Book and portfolio housed together in matching cloth and paper slipcase. A fine copy.
Roderick Cave spent much of his working life in the Far East, spending many hours scouring Chinatowns for examples of traditional ceremonial papers, many of them handmade, which were burnt at funerals in order to keep ancestors supplied with food, money and clothing for the next world. The specimens include ghost money, a printed paper dish, mandala, paper garments, prayers sheets including to the god who protects small vendors (booksellers?).