Good + Octavo, 9 1/8" tall, 204 pages + black and white plates, blue cloth. A good +, sturdy hardcover first edition with moderate shelf wear, light exterior soiling, spine cloth fading, hinges and binding solid, paper lightly yellowed, with a previous owner's name penned on the front endpaper, and top fore-edge foxed. Lacking dust jacket. A terrific reading copy.
Very Good. Octavo, royal blue cloth w/ black design and lettering. Small tear on spine else VG. Interior near fine. 204 deckled pages. Intimate survey of artist's 31 famous paintings of mistress-models. A fascinating book which puts names on the faces of the nude portraitures of famous artists and the lives they led together. (from page 141) "Rubens, too, had two wives, and they were his models. His magnificently voluptuous nudes attest their charms immortally. But there is none of the poignant tragedy in their stories we find in the romance of Rembrandt. Rubens was a big, good-natured, boisterous, handsome chap-healthily vulgar and proud of it. He had models galore, as later did Ronoir and Zorn. When he saw a robust, healthy young woman, full of the vigor of life, his impulse was to ask her to take off her clothes and let him paint her-an invitation that is accepted perhaps as often as not when the right man makes it in the right tone of voice."
Very Good. No Jacket. Bound in blue cloth with sunned spine. Nude in black lines on the cover. Frontispiece. A survey of artists and their model-mistresses. black & white plates throughout. Mostly nudes done by famous painters. UncleAndy.
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