This book is overall in very good+ condition. It is particularly interesting as it is accompanied by a letter signed by the author to a reader to whom she sent the book, "one of my last copies", relating the author's difficulties in having the book published, her health problems which she alleviated by turning her historical research into a novel, and her travels in Italy and Malta to research the life of the painter.
A novel by an eminent art historian that charts the historical and controversial career of the great Venetian artist Caravaggio. The book is divided into four parts: the artist's youth and apprenticeship in Milan; his acquisition of a noble patron; the flourishing of his art in Rome; and his journeys in exile between Rome, Naples, Malta, Sicily and back to Naples. The book tells of Caravaggio's mistress and the two children she bore him, the deaths of those children, and, subsequently, their mother, Caravaggio's many violent clashes with others (including killing another man in a brawl), and his death at the age of 39. Half-cloth binding, with gilt titling to the red cloth spine. The front board has a few light smudge marks, and there is some minor rubbing to the lower edge of the front board. The cloth backstrip is not fully flush to the spine. The page edges are lightly foxed, but otherwise the book is clean and tightly bound. The illustrated dust jacket has been covered in a (non-removable) plastic protector. The dust jacket is unclipped, but has some edge wear and a few nicks, especially at the head of the spine, also a few small stains and slight tanning of the white background.