Roman Portraits, Illustrated First Edition, 1940
Scarce first edition By Ludwig Goldscheider. Illustrations by Ilse Schneider-Lengyel. Published by Oxford Univ. Press, 1940, "Phaidon Edition". 119 pages. Measures 14-1/2" tall by 10-1/2" wide.
Large cloth coffee table book with full-page black & white photographs of the faces of 120 sculptures (both original and Renaissance reproductions). Taken by Ilse Schneider-Lengyel in museums across Europe during the 1930s, the photographs provide a haunting and powerful record of Roman portraiture which would have occupied a prominent place in every house of status.
Covering the 1st century BC to the 4th century AD, the sculptures depict generals, emperors, politicians, and many unknown men and women. The brief introduction discusses the features that distinguish Roman portraiture from that of the Greeks and Egyptians and the stylistic characteristics of these imagines of the fathers of European culture'.
Nice condition with a light tear to the lower left hand corner. The cover has patritally pulled away from the book spine, but book is in impeccable condition.
Very special book!