Amongst other artefacts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is home to various tapestries, including a famous set of seven tapestries depicting The Hunt for the Unicorn (another famous set of tapestries featuring the Unicorn and the Lady are in Paris, France). This descriptive volume written in 1998 received its fourth printing in 2013. Author of this work expounding upon the tapestries and their context in exquisite fashion is Adolfo Salvatore Cavallo. A native of Boston, Harvard educated, and having served as curator of the collections in several major US museums - Boston, Detroit, and Philadelphia as well as the New York's Metropolitan - he is a specialist in the history of fine textiles, dress and medieval tapestries.
The history of these particular tapestries can be traced back to 1680. Following passage through various ownerships, they were purchased by John D. Rockefeller in the 1920s. In 1937 their display was transferred to a specially designed gallery at the Cloisters branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at Fort Tryon Park, NY.
This is a slim paperback volume comprising 128 pages of good quality paper, slightly wider than A4 size, with text double columned in a good clear font and a wide white space margin allowing the opportunity to add your own scholarly observations and remarks if desired. There are over 90 photographs and illustrations, around half of which are full-page. Many of the photographs are close-up detail to identify specific points of interest.
Chapter headings are as follows:
Tales of the Unicorn: A new look at the Unicorn tapestries;
History of the tapestries;
The Unicorn: What it was and when it thrived;
The three hunts of the Unicorn;
The tapestries as works of art and how they were made;
Appendix I: Flora in the Unicorn tapestries;
Appendix II: Fauna in the Unicorn tapestries;
Suggestions for further reading.
A nice volume for general browsing, with helpful commentary that is pitched about right to be sufficiently informative without becoming stifling. Recommended.