New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1948. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's black cloth, spine and upper board stamped in yellow and gray, original printed dust jacket.
First edition catalog documenting paintings and sculptures held in MoMA's permanent collection. Edited by Alfred H. Barr, Jr., the museum’s first director, the book is arranged in twenty chronological sections, and comments on work from modern primitivism through abstract painting to magical realism. Opens with a preface by John Hay Whitney, the contemporary chairman of the board of trustees, and an introduction and text throughout by Barr. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white plates; with detailed catalog notes. Moderate edgewear to price-clipped dust jacket. Very good. Item #5220