New York: American Art Association, 1887. 1st Edition. Cloth. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Fine. Item #9836
1st edition, limited to 500 numbered copies, this being # 256. A Fine copy. Folio, ix, 249 pp, complete with 17 original etchings, 9 Gelatin prints, in addition to other plates and illustrations. Rebound in recent cloth with gilt spine title, top edge gilt. Contents Fine, no foxing or blemishes, all tissue guards in place. Rebound by a recent owner. *** An avid art collector, Alexander T. Stewart was one of the wealthiest people in America at the time of his death in 1876. The Stewart catalogue contains extensive biographical information on artists and lengthy excerpts of period criticism. The gilt-edged red volume, further described as "too large for an ordinary pocket, impossible to hide in a fashionable muff and too expensive to throw away," was considered a token of rank during both preview and auction. - John Ott. "How New York Stole the Luxury Art Market: Blockbuster Auctions and Bourgeois Identity in Gilded Age America." . *** This limited and numbered edition, with engraved plates, would have been owned by a true member of the elite. **.