Bettini, Maurizio THE PORTRAIT OF THE LOVER
Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, (1999). 0520208501 / 9780520208506 First edition in English. Hardcover. Very light bumping to the upper edge, else a very nearly fine copy in red cloth over yellow boards; in an illustrated dust jacket with a very mild crease to upper front flap. Jacket illustration detail of ''Pygmalion and Galatea'' by Jean Leon Gerome.
Translated from the Italian by Laura Gibbs. A study of tales of lovers separated, where one of the lonely lovers retains an image, statue, or portrait, of the other, becoming the focus of the story. Six pages of illustrations, notes, works cited, index.