Very Good. Item #6864
London: William Heinemann, 1890. First Edition. Octavo. (xvi), 292 pages. Brown cloth with gilt titled boards.
Extremities to boards worn with some general marks and rubbing. Sound in binding. Endpapers foxed and slightly soiled. Two cuttings tipped in at half title.
An account of Whistler's libel suit against the art critic John Ruskin. Whistler exhibited "Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket" at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877, and Ruskin's review read in part, "I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." The trial damaged both men, and the costs eventually bankrupted Whistler.