Very Good. Item #001922
New York: The Art Bulletin (The College Art Association of America), 1956. Contemporary Offprint. Signed and inscribed by author: "[to] G. Tappy Edwards with best wishes, Hereward Lester Cooke." Quarto; 33pp [pages 151-173 of Vol. 38 of The Art Bulletin]. Eight pages of B&W documentary illustrations; 35 images total. Standard heavy Art Bulletin cream stock; images printed on stiffer, whiter stock.
Offprint bound with three staples. Paper slightly, evenly tanned. Minimal dog-earing. Small remnant of tape on offprint cover-page. Authorial signature and inscription augmented with annotation in ink (presumably by recipient, or later owner) about Cooke's status at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Hereward Lester Cooke (1916-1973), artist and art historian, was more reputed for his curatorial and scholarly output than his handsome landscape and architectural depictions. He began his museum career at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1956, and served as Curator of Painting there from 1961 to 1973; he also served as director of the American pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Cooke's article remains authoritative in its coverage of the history, design, and cultural centrality of the Trevi fountain. It summarizes the fountain's story from the ancient Roman aqueducts that supplied the Acqua Vergine flowing through it to the work of Nicola Salvi, Gian Battista Maini, and Pietro Bracci who were the principal artists behind it. Not, mind you, Bernini—despite what that appealing Roman guide told you at the basin's edge.