New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978. Hard Cover. 8vo. Very Good / Very Good. Item #003305
Stated first edition, full number line. Quarter bound in cream cloth with red paper boards, black and red lettering to spine. ix, 372 p.p., [16 p.p. B&W photos]. Some foxing to cloth, bumping to spine head. Foxing to edges of text block. Dust jacket is darkened at spine and edges, bumped at spine ends, lightly foxed, some chafing to joints and edges. After his death in 1970, Mark Rothko entrusted his valuable collection of his paintings to three trusted friends as his executors. Those friends sold the paintings to the Marlborough Galleries for a fraction of their true worth. Outraged at the betrayal of her father's trust, Rothko's daughter Kate instituted suit against the executors and Marlborough. The legal battle became the longest, most complicated, and costliest in the history of art. In the course of the four-year lawsuit and the eight-month trial some of the unsavory - and illegal - machinations of the art merchandisers were exposed for the first time. The revelations of corruption in the art trade have continued to cast a pall over museums, galleries, and private collectors around the world.