"The Impressionists: The great works and the world that inspired them" by Robert Katz and Celestine Dars.
More than 350 color plates feature in this gorgeous 288-page hardcover volume by two European experts in Impressionist art. Published by Barnes & Noble Books in 1997, it was elegantly printed in Spain.
As a particularly nice touch, the cover is a laminated pictorial matching the dustjacket. Both are in nice condition, having suffered only a few bumps. The interior is unmarked and bright, enhanced by vivid cobalt blue endpapers. I thought at first there was a little sunning of page edges, but this is too consistent and precise, so it must be shading integral to the printing process. Size is 10.5 by 11.25 inches and provenance is a New Mexico estate.
Both earlier and later printings of this book exist, issued by various publishers between 1991 and 2002. No wonder it's been in such demand; this is quite an authoritative presentation of the work of Monet, Manet, Pissarro, Degas, Renoir, Sisley, Bazille, Morisot and Cassatt.
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