The book is in mostly good condition with minor expected signs of aging (slight embrittlement and slight darkening of the paper, and slight darkening of the glue at the edges), a few small repairs to the paper, scattered minor stains to individual pages (including a partial ring from a cup on one page), and a few instances of minor bleeding of the ink (particularly to the pages of calligraphy). The colored pigments are in overall good condition. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.