Vintage (1937) The Arts first-edition hardcover art history reference book by Hendrik Willem van Loon. Printed by Simon & Schuster NY, USA. Complete with dust jacket and bookmark.
THIS HARD-COVER BOOK IS COMPLETE AT 677 PAGES with original dust jacket. Book has been signed to the reverse by the author, Hendrik Willem Van Loon with a personal note.
Book Synopsis: Hendrik Willem Van Loon's work The Arts is a compendium of essays focused on art and music and their development purely for the sake of art itself. From world histories, the European fascination for Cathedral building, the symphonic color of stained glass and the music of Bach, Beethoven and Wagner, among other notable composers, the book delves into the connection between the arts and the instruments of art itself. The book covers art in a broad sense from the Gesso, plaster and fresco painting to the invention of oil painting to the origin of orchestras. The book contains a plethora of Illustrations and color sketches (approximately 150 of them). A sumptuous book on art for art's sake, a possible coffee table book and a urban, sketch-like artistic curio, still as thought-provoking in 2018 as it was in 1937.
Condition: Book is in overall EXCELLENT! condition with a strong sturdy spine and bind and NO! pages separating from the bind. MINIMAL! foxing | yellowing of the interior pages (for the age of the tome). The double-sided dust jacket (which features a timeline on the alternate side focusing on important milestones in world art for the period 1300 - through the late 1800s) is itself in GOOD! overall condition with a couple of tears to the center and small tears to the bottom and edges. Interior imagery is bright and vivid and all text is clear and legible with LITTLE TO NO! fading apparent. NO! ripped, torn or dig-eared pages in the book. The embossed covers are in EXCELLENT! order with MINIMAL! wear. Book has a handwritten name and date in the front overleaf, bottom right (please review each of the posted photos for a complete visual of the item).
Book comes with its original-issue 1937 Bookmark.
Approximate measurements: 10" x 7" | complete at 677 pages ++ | hardcover | original dust jacket
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