Editor Mark Roskill, 'The Letters of Vincent van Gogh,' published by Atheneum, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, 1963.
The Letters of Vincent van Gogh is a 351 page softcover measuring 7 1/4" x 4 1/4". There is a number written in pencil along the upper outside page edges. Inside, the pages are clean and unmarked and the binding is tight. The condition is very good.
The letters of Vincent van Gogh speak to the heart. By their directness and humility they bring us into a relationship with genius that we could never achieve through our own efforts. That van Gogh was one of the greatest painters in the history of European art is now generally accepted. That he was a man of high intelligence and tender affections these letters abundantly establish. To anyone interested in painting or in the mind of a creative artist they are indispensable. But what makes them of supreme importance is their fascination for people who have, in the ordinary way, no particular interest in the arts. It is the human spirit, not the fame of the artist, that is the secret of their perennial attraction.
This selection, which includes the memoir of Vincent written by his sister-in-law, has been made by Mark Roskill, whose introduction and notes contain much information derived from recent research.