THE LIFE OF BENVENUTO CELLINI, WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.(New York: Brentano's, 1906). 241 x 159 mm (9 1/2 x 6 1/4"). Two volumes. Translated and with a biographical sketch by John Addington Symonds, and with an introduction to this edition by Royal Cortissoz.
Quite pleasing contemporary honey brown half morocco over lighter brown linen, raised bands, spines gilt in double-ruled compartments with large central flower ornament, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed and (except in one or two cases) UNOPENED. With engraved title page and 40 photographically reproduced plates. Front pastedown with bookplate of Eugene L. Bulson. One corner just slightly bumped, fore edge of one leaf torn from rough opening, but AN ATTRACTIVELY BOUND SET IN VERY FINE CONDITION, with virtually no wear to the bindings and no signs of use to the obviously unread text.
This is an attractively packaged presentation of the autobiographical memoirs of the "splendidly gifted and barbarically untameable" Cellini (1500-71), who began them in Paris in 1558. They constitute "a production of the utmost energy, directness, and racy animation, setting forth one of the most singular careers in all annals of fine art. His amours and hatreds, his passions and delights, his love of the sumptuous and exquisite in art, his self-applause and self-assertion, running now and again into extravagances which it is impossible to credit, and difficult to set down as strictly conscious falsehoods, make this one of the most singular and fascinating books in existence." (Brittanica). (ST11462a-116)