(Milano: Electa Editrice, 1955).

RARE IN THE MARKETPLACE. A FINE PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, LIMITED AND NUMBERED. A prolific writer and one of the greatest art historians of all time, Bernard Berensen played a pivotal role as an advisor to several important American art collectors, such as Isabella Stewart Gardner, who needed help in navigating the complex and treacherous market of newly fashionable Renaissance art. Berenson's expertise eventually became so well regarded that his verdict of authorship could either increase or decrease a painting's value dramatically. In this respect Berenson's influence was enormous, while his 5% commission made him a wealthy man.
The book we offer here is very rare in the marketplace and is especially pleasing because of its affectionate presentation in Berensen's hand. Item #70194

First Edition, Limited to 1000 copies only, this a Presentation Copy, Inscribed "affectionately" by Bernard Berensen. Illustrated with a number of tipped-on plates depicting holograph writings of the author and other authorial contributions, title-page printed in red and black. 4to, publisher's original melon coloured paper over flexible boards, the spine with lettering label in black, the upper cover with label printed in red and black. 74, [1] pp. A very fine copy, as pristine and essentially mint.

Price: $395.00