Frontis. & 33 plates. 78 pp. Large 4to, orig. crimson half-morocco & cloth, orig. printed dust jacket (a few inoffensive tears). London: Chiswick Press, 1950. The specially bound copy for the author of this privately printed catalogue. Merton (1888-1969), was a scientist specializing in spectroscopic research and was knighted in 1944 for his work during World War II. Merton's small but sophisticated collection focused on early pictures from between 1450 and 1520. The catalogue describes 32 paintings and drawings, amongst which are featured van der Weyden's Portrait of Guillaume de Fillastre (Courtauld Institute), Botticelli's Portrait of Giovanni di Pierfrancesco de' Medici (on loan at the National Gallery of Art, Washington), and works by other major artists of the period. A lengthy description accompanies each work, as well as dimensions, references, and notes on provenance. Very fine copy. (Inventory #: 6072)
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