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The Art of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, 1909, First Impression, First Edition, Rare

The Art of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, 1909, First Impression, First Edition, Rare

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The Art of the Metropolitan Museum of New York

by David C. Preyer, M. A.

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FIRST EDITION

STATED FIRST IMPRESSION NOV 1909

ILLUSTRATED

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Publisher: L. C. Page and Company, Boston

Copyright: 1909

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FROM THE PREFACE

A VISIT to a museum with a guide book is not inspiring. Works of art when viewed should convey their own message, and leave their own impression. And yet, the deeper this impression, the more inspiring this message, the more anxious we will be for some further information than that conveyed by the attached tablet, or the catalogue reference.

The aim of this book is to gratify this desire, to enable us to have a better understanding of the works of art exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum, to point out their correlation, and thus increase our appreciation of the treasures we have seen and admired.

But this book is also intended for those who have never been able to visit the Museum. Even these may thus attain some fair idea of the aesthetic and instructive value of the countless objects displayed. By reading this book they may become better prepared to enjoy more fully and with clearer perception all that is to be seen within the walls of the Metropolitan.

On occasion I have freely quoted from the description given by the Museum Bulletin's of objects in different departments. These descriptions are furnished by the Museum's experts, and in most cases could not well be improved upon. Only in a few instances I have reserved the privilege of holding a differing opinion. Acknowledgment should be made of valuable suggestions made by Mr. W. Stanton Howard, the well-known writer on art-subjects, who kindly consented to read the manuscript.

The plan of the book is, I believe, a logical one. This is not a guide book, so it was not necessary to follow the walls — if this were practicable on account of the constant changes of location, necessitated by new accessions and increasing space. Since the arrangement in the Museum is ever tending towards systematic display, it will be easy to find every work of art mentioned here by the aid of the small " Circular of Information," to be had free at the Entrances, in which the location of all the departments is given.

These works of art that have been lent to the Museum for a short time have in most instances been passed by, with the exception of a few of unusual interest.

D. C Preyer.

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Condition: This book is in excellent condition. Original red, blind stamped boards with striking bright gilt titles and classical design. There is minimal rubbing on cover edges or corners. Gilt continues on spine. Top page edges gilt. Pages are deckled (rough cut). Hinges strong. Binding square. Interior is near fine. No spotting, markings or foxing. This is a very handsome, collectible book. Richly illustrated with black and white plates.

409 pages plus index, 8vo
The Art of the Metropolitan Museum of New York

by David C. Preyer, M. A.

– ♦ –

FIRST EDITION

STATED FIRST IMPRESSION NOV 1909

ILLUSTRATED

– ♦ –

Publisher: L. C. Page and Company, Boston

Copyright: 1909

– ♦ –

FROM THE PREFACE

A VISIT to a museum with a guide book is not inspiring. Works of art when viewed should convey their own message, and leave their own impression. And yet, the deeper this impression, the more inspiring this message, the more anxious we will be for some further information than that conveyed by the attached tablet, or the catalogue reference.

The aim of this book is to gratify this desire, to enable us to have a better understanding of the works of art exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum, to point out their correlation, and thus increase our appreciation of the treasures we have seen and admired.

But this book is also intended for those who have never been able to visit the Museum. Even these may thus attain some fair idea of the aesthetic and instructive value of the countless objects displayed. By reading this book they may become better prepared to enjoy more fully and with clearer perception all that is to be seen within the walls of the Metropolitan.

On occasion I have freely quoted from the description given by the Museum Bulletin's of objects in different departments. These descriptions are furnished by the Museum's experts, and in most cases could not well be improved upon. Only in a few instances I have reserved the privilege of holding a differing opinion. Acknowledgment should be made of valuable suggestions made by Mr. W. Stanton Howard, the well-known writer on art-subjects, who kindly consented to read the manuscript.

The plan of the book is, I believe, a logical one. This is not a guide book, so it was not necessary to follow the walls — if this were practicable on account of the constant changes of location, necessitated by new accessions and increasing space. Since the arrangement in the Museum is ever tending towards systematic display, it will be easy to find every work of art mentioned here by the aid of the small " Circular of Information," to be had free at the Entrances, in which the location of all the departments is given.

These works of art that have been lent to the Museum for a short time have in most instances been passed by, with the exception of a few of unusual interest.

D. C Preyer.

– ♦ –

Condition: This book is in excellent condition. Original red, blind stamped boards with striking bright gilt titles and classical design. There is minimal rubbing on cover edges or corners. Gilt continues on spine. Top page edges gilt. Pages are deckled (rough cut). Hinges strong. Binding square. Interior is near fine. No spotting, markings or foxing. This is a very handsome, collectible book. Richly illustrated with black and white plates.

409 pages plus index, 8vo

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