Bernard Berenson. Introduction by John Walker.
London. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 1960. First edition. Blue cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. xiv, 166, xv pages. 220 x 150mm (8¾ x 6"). 0.35kg. . English. Very good, in very good dust jacket; light shelf wear, laminate just starting to peel at top edge of rear jacket, short 2cm tear to top edge of front jacket, repaired with tape to verso, not price-clipped.
During the Second World War art historian Bernard Berenson was confined to his Italian residence I Tattias an enemy alien. Reading from his extensive library was one of the few activities available to him and so in 1942 he made notes and personal reflections of each book he read. He is joined in his reading by his wife Mary and companion Nicky Mariano. With texts by Plato, Churchill, Ruskin, Kierkegaard, etc. the term 'reading for fun' should be taken loosely. Scarce.