New York: John W. Lovell Co., 1890. First American Edition. First Printing. Octavo (21cm.); publisher's mauve cloth-backed gilt-embossed boards, gilt-lettered spine; ,292pp. Boards rubbed with exposure at corners, brief dampstaining to upper cover not bleeding into interior, pencil ownership signature effaced on front free endpaper, else a Near Very Good copy. The painter's infamous compilation of scathing correspondence written in response to his libel case against art critic John Ruskin, who had compared Whistler's painting "Nocture in Black and Gold" to "flinging a pot of paint at the public's face."