There has been such a need for so long for a complete guide to American art galleries that this first volume of a series will be welcome. But we wish a larger type face had been selected. This initial book covers the important collections of the Southeastern coast, guiding the devotee from Washington to Florida through troves and treasures, cataloguing, indicating the iceberg nature of most collections -- more unseen than seen. There are valuable comparisons and pointers to aid the visitor and seeker. We salute the galleries chosen and endor the approach of the book which credits the philanthropists who made the great collections possible: Freer, Mellon, Phillips and the Sarasota museum of showman John Ringling who amassed an impressive 17th century Baroque representation. This covers the galleries:- of Washington, D.C., Richmond, Williamsburg and Norfolk, Va., Raleigh and Charlotte, N. Ca., Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville, S. Ca., Athens, Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., Clearwater, Sarasota, West Palm Beach and Miami, Fla. A cross index gives a complete catalogue of the works of all artists represented in southeastern museums and galleries listed.