A Corpus of Italian medals of the Renaissance before Cellini (Pubblicazioni sulle medaglie)
Florence, Studio per Edizioni Scelte, 1984
Two volumes (34 cm), I: (6) xvii (1), 382 pp. 1204 catalogue entries. II: (2) vii (3) pp., 201 leaves of plates (pls.1-201). Uniform publisher’s cloth-backed boards, printed dust jackets. - Facsimile of 1930 edition, with new appendix by John Graham Pollard. “The Corpus is not simply an unrivalled compendium of information about medals; it is a definitive statement on the Italian medal, which owes much of its value to the sureness of Hill’s eye and to the accuracy of his qualitative judgements” (John Pope-Hennessy, in Preface to the catalogue of Renaissance medals in the Kress collection, 1967). The original work was compiled by Hill over a period of twenty years and “its success as a work of scholarship is demonstrated by the relative insignificance of the material that can be added to it here. This comes from the accumulated annotations to the Corpus made by the late Ulrich Middeldorf since the original publication… Their object is essentially that of indicating significant contributions on medallists or individual medals made since 1930” (from Pollard’s Foreword; the Appendix occupies pp.373-382). ¶ Excellent copy.