Studies in Art and Literature for Belle da Costa Greene, Dorothy Miner, 1954, VG

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Studies in Art and Literature for Belle da Costa Greene
Dorothy Miner (Editor) et al.
Princeton University Press
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Used: Very Good
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Notes: Very Good, 4to, 12" x 9 1/2." Most of the text in English; at least one essay is in another language. Blue cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering on spine. Covers have slight wear to edges and tips and a white streak on front, else clean and intact, binding tight. Pages have light age toning, occasional foxing, and a former owner's ink signature on front free endpaper, else pristine and intact. Replete with black-and-white illustrations. 502 pp., including illustrations. A comprehensive collection of essays about art and literature published in honor of the late Belle da Costa Greene (1879-1950), a librarian and first director of the Pierpont Morgan Library. She was instrumental in helping to build the library's collection and open it for public use. Greene had also worked as a private librarian for J. P. Morgan and his son, Jack, when their collection was simply known as the Morgan Library. Collectively, Greene served at the Morgan Library and Pierpont Morgan Library for 43 years. The book begins with essays that pay tribute to Greene and the Pierpont Morgan Library. The essays that follow were written by different authors and discuss specific artworks and literature under the follow categories: "History and the Arts" and "Books and Manuscripts." A sampling of the subjects discussed are "Decline and Recovery in the Figure Arts," Spenser's _Pageant of the Seven Deadly Sins_, iconography in Delacroix's _Liberty Leading the People_, "Franco-Gothic Stucco Altar Frontals in Catalonia," "Two Ravennate Monuments in American Collections," "Early Italian Engravings from the Liechtenstein Collection at Feldsberg and Vienna," Blake's _Vision of the Circle of the Life of Man_, "An Armenian Lectionary of the Fourteenth Century," "Fresh Materials for the Study of English Illumination," "An Obituary Rotulus from York, 1405," "A Hand-List of the Incunabula of the Royal Malta Library," "Three Letters from Machiavelli's Official Correspondence," and "The Covers of the Morgan Manafi' Manuscript and Other Early Persian Bookbindings." Heavy and oversized items may require additional shipping.

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