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Lot 5430: 39V Cook & Wedderburn THE WORKS OF JOHN RUSKIN 1903 - 1912 1st Edition Facsimiles Plates Never-Published Drawings
January 10, 2010
Ithaca, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Works of John Ruskin - Library Edition
Editors: E. T. Cook & Alexander Wedderburn
Publisher: George Allen (London)
Printing Year: 1903 - 1912 First Edition
Number of Volumes: Complete 39 volume set
Notes: Bound in maroon cloth with bright gilt lettering to spines and embossed gilt design to front covers, this antique set is a scarce first edition of the complete works of John Ruskin (February 8, 1819 - January 20, 1900), the English art critic and social thinker, also remembered as a poet, artist, and author of seminal essays on art and architecture. His voluminous output and authoritative tone led Ruskin to epitomize the Victorian sage.
The standard Complete Works, literary and artistic, was the fruit of twelve years' work by Edward Tyas Cook and Alexander Wedderburn. These 39 volumes were published between 1903 and 1912, and are illustrated with 820 wood blocks and 990 full-page plates with 120 facsimiles of manuscripts, including 269 plates of Ruskin's own drawings, 200 of which had never before been published. The set is printed on hand-made, linen rag paper with a double watermark of Ruskin's gothic monogram and seal. This is one of an edition of 2062, of which 2000 were for sale.
The set comprises all the author's published and privately circulated works and illustrations, including: Modern Painters (1843-1860); The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849); The Stones of Venice (1851-1853); Lectures on Architecture and Painting (1854); The Political Economy of Art (1857); Unto This Last (1862); Essays on Political Economy (1862-1863, later Munera Pulveris, 1872); Sesame and Lilies (1865); and Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and Labourers of Great Britain (1871-1884); and the children's story, The King of the Golden River (1851), as well as a full index to all his works.
These ex-library volumes show mild external age/wear, and are solidly bound with clean, bright pages. Antique paper library labels are visible on spines. Library labels have been pasted on endpapers and library stamps appear on title pages. No other library markings are visible. The books measure approximately 7" x 10". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $92.50