Complete in two volumes, including slipcase. Presumed first printing of the first American edition. Originally published in Germany in 1972 and also in Great Britain in that same year. Printed and presumed bound in Western Germany by Graphische Kunstanstalt Aurel Bongers Recklinghausen. Cinnamon brown cloth hardboard bindings, with crisp gilt-stamped lettering to the spines. Unbumped spine heads and tails, with sharp corners. Immaculate bindings. 11 x 9.75 inches. With 309 and 531 numbered pages. Vol. I with introduction, foreword, text, copious notes, bibliography, artist family tree, and index. Vol. II with copious detailed notes on the catalogue. Vol. I with 4 double-page color plates, 1 full-page color plate, and numerous B&W illustrations. Vol. II with 26 full-page color plates, and numerous B&W illustrations. All plates in both volumes on heavy glossy stock. As to the fold-out page at the end of Vol. I, Bellotto's Family Tree, note that there is a vertical semi-crease about one inch away from the outer edge of the fold-out page, else a pristine sheet. With regard to Note 207 on p. 439 of Vol. II, the column number was formerly circled in ink by hand and that ink has been largely erased, leaving only a trace. Discreetly pasted on to the lower corner of the rear pastedown of each volume is the tiny sticker of the former bookseller. Else immaculate volumes, and very tight, with no hint of shelf life. Very gently read. No remainder marks. No DJs present. In the original slipcase of buckram-like paper over medium-weight cardboard. An exceptionally clean and sturdy slipcase. Near Fine volumes in a Near Fine slipcase. A heavy set, weighing about 11 pounds. An indispensable reference tool for the serious student or collector of Bellotto.