New York: Abbeville Press, 1985. First edition. Hardcover. Signed by the author on Collector's Edition bookplate on inside front cover. Folio. 324pp. Original navy blue leather with gilt tooling and blind-stamped ruling on cover, gilt lettering on spine; raised bands. Housed in plain blue cloth slipcase. Marbled endpapers. Color frontispiece. Designed by Philip Grushkin. Illustrated biography on the Italian goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini.
"To rewrite the life of an autobiographer is in itself a difficult task, but it is this that is attempted in the present book. Cellini's is one of the few artist's lives that is supported by a superfluity of documents, and if account had been taken in the text of all of them the outcome would have been a three, not a one-volume work. While the notes to the text contain a certain quantity of unpublished material (for the most part of limited significance), no effort has been made to recapitulate the full range of documentary material dealt with by Tassi, Plon, and, most notably, Calamandrei or to print in their entirety the contents of the volumes of Cellini's Ricordi in the Bibliotheca Riccardiana." Profusely illustrated with color and b/w reproductions of photographs depicting Cellini's work throughout. Contains extensive section of notes, a bibliography, index and photographic credits at rear. Slipcase with light wear along edges and lightly rubbed. Some scuffing at raised bands and some discoloration of leather, a quarter inch along front and back cover at spine, else binding in very good+, interior in fine condition. Slipcase in good condition. Good to fine condition. Item #49608