Manzi, Joyant, 1900, Hardcover (Full Leather), Book Condition: Very Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket, First Edition
Catalog of the Paintings Forming the Private Collection of P.A.B. Widener, in 2 volumes, Paris: Manzi, Joyant and Co., 1900. Large, heavy folios, Copy No. 133 of an edition of 250, brown morocco boards with gilt lettering and ornaments to spines, gilt lettering and French fillets on front, all edges gilt, inscribed on a flyleaf by Widener to B.F. Yoakum, the railroad magnate. The indexes list 285 plates, but the present copy was bound with only 226 (lacking 59), plus 3 supplemental plates not in the indexes. From Philadelphia Museum of Art, in its OCLC entry: "59 plates wanting in L.C. [Library of Congress] copy. Ms. note on mounted slip on half-title of v. 2: 'Philadelphia agent reports Mar. 14/16: "I am informed that the plates missing from your copy were canceled before the book was issued & that all the copies in existence lack them."' " All the plates are collotypes, which never fade, protected under tissue guards, facing caption plates. The only other text is on the title pages and other preliminaries. Widener was a Philadelphia businessman, investor and astute art collector who bought up impressionist masterpieces and other great works. Yoakum and Widener were among the richest men in the U.S. when this book was printed, Gilded Age players who built fortunes in transportation (railroads and trolleys). Shown here are Widener's modern, English and ancient paintings. The set weighs about 20 pounds or 9 kg, and measures about 15.5x11 inches or 39x28 cm. Condition of these books: Boards discolored, flaking at edges, but binding is sound. Very clean internally. Special Limited Edition, first issue in this format. Size: Large Folio (bigger than A3). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Over 3 kilos. Category: Antiquarian & Rare; United States; 1900-1920; Art & Design. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 53474.