Cambridge-Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover : pp. Vol 1 , xiii, [xvi], 573, , 28 pages of plates containing 66 b&w illustrations : Frontispiece 'Roger van der Weyden : Peter Bladelin' : 11 Diagrams : Vol 2 , xxvi, 334 pages of plates containing 496 b&w illustrations : Blue cloth boards : Gilt lettering to spine : Cream dust jackets, vol 1 shows Jan van Eyeck, Chancellor Nicholas Rolin, detail from the Rolin Madonna, Paris, Lourve ; vol 2 shows Hugovan der Goes, Head of the Annunciate, detail from the Portinari Altarpiece, Florence : Both volumes have Demco paperfold jacket covers.
All edges age toned both volumes, light foxing top and fore-edge vol 2 : Edges of boards rubbed : Edge-wear and marking to dust jackets : Pages clean. Good / good. Item #1889
Erwin Panofsky (1892-1968) was a German art historian who, after immigrating to the United States in 1933, became one of the most influential figures in 20th century art history. In a 1958 book review of these volumes, art expert and historian Julius S. Held wrote, ''Erwin Panofsky's new book is the monumental accomplishment of a scholar who for a long time has occupied a leading position among students of the history of art. It is also a contribution to our knowledge in which all the members of this disipline may well take pride...If I were to choose a motto for the whole work from the author's own text I would take this sentence : ''There is, I am afraid, no other answer to this problem than the use of historical methods tempered, if possible, by common sense.'' It is precisley this application of common sense, often expressed in a neat and witty phrase, which yeilds some of the finest results...And while it is, with it's 562 illustrations -most of them excellent- the richest pictorial handbook form of the fields covered (almost deserving praise for not including the lately ''obligatory'' colour-plates), the emphasis is very decidedly on the text.''.