Original edition, limited to 375 copies. Formerly in the "Handbibliothek" of L’Art Ancien, Zürich View larger
Original edition, limited to 375 copies. Formerly in the "Handbibliothek" of L’Art Ancien, Zürich
British Museum, Department of Prints & Drawings
Hind (Arthur M.), 1880-1957

Early Italian engraving : a critical catalogue with complete reproduction of all the prints described

London & New York, M. Knoedler & Co. / Bernard Quaritch, 1938-1948
Two parts in seven volumes (34 cm), I (Catalogue, Part I, 1938): xxvi (2), 345 (1) pp., frontispiece. Copy 93 (of 375). II (Plates, 1938): (8) pp., plates 1-171. Copy 93 (of 375). III (Plates, 1938): (8) pp., plates 172-319. Copy 93 (of 375). IV (Plates, 1938): (8) pp., plates 320-485. Copy 93 (of 375). V (Catalogue, Part II, 1948): xxii, 347 (1) pp., frontispiece. Copy 99 (of 275). VI (Plates 1948): (8) pp., plates 486-698. Copy 178 (of 275). VII (Plates, 1948): (8) pp., plates 699-916. Copy 251 (of 275). Uniform publisher’s blue buckram. - The core of this monumental work is Hind’s study of the collection of early Italian engravings in the British Museum. The first part (vols. I-IV) is devoted to “Florentine engravings and Anonymous prints of other Schools” (catalogue and 714 illustrations on 488 plates) and the second part (vols. V-VII) to “Known Masters other than Florentine”, Monogrammists, and Anonymous Masters (catalogue and 692 illustrations on 431 plates). Biographical and bibliographical information on each artist is followed by a list of his works. The edition was limited to 375 copies (vols. I-IV) or 275 copies (vols. V-VII); both text volumes are inscribed by the author, as usual. The author presented his manuscript to Lessing Rosenwald in 1948 (now Library of Congress, Rosenwald Collection, NE659.H.48). ¶ From the auction sale of the Handbibliothek L’Art Ancien, Zürich (Auktion 3/I), conducted by F. Zisska & R. Kistner, Munich, 27-28 March 1984, lot 671. Occasional pencil annotations by the proprietor of the firm, Erwin Rosenthal (1889-1981). Excellent set.