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Rare books by John Ruskin, including first editions, copies in fine bindings, and handsome sets of his collected works. Regularly stocked editions of the works of Ruskin include The Definitive Library edition of The Works.

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  1. 116581

    The Seven Lamps of Architecture.

    With illustrations, drawn and etched by the author.
    First edition. The first of Ruskin's works to carry his name, and the first to be illustrated, this essay introduces his principles of architecture and is important for laying the foundations for Ruskin's later work, The Stones of Venice. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1849

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116581


  2. 116450

    Modern Painters.

    Fifth edition, revised by the author. A handsomely bound set. Ruskin's "earliest major work was Modern Painters, of which the first volume, containing the celebrated defence of Turner, appeared anonymously in 1843... Modern Painters was to occupy Ruskin for another seventeen years, spanning the whole period of his writing on art... The second volume, a survey of Italian art which demands special notice as one of the direct causes of the foundation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, appeared in 1846. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1851

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116450


  3. Unto This Last:

    Unto This Last:

    Four Essays on the First Principles of Political Economy.
    First edition. "Ruskin's first two attempts to convey his moral principles in political economic terms initially were failures, much derided in the establishment press, but they laid the foundations for the creation of a much wider constituency for Ruskin's ideas that was to keep his values in circulation even when he himself had fallen silent. The first of these was the articles published in the Cornhill in 1860, an outlet deliberately chosen because of its middle-class appeal. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1862

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114221


  4. Arrows of the Chace.

    Arrows of the Chace.

    Being a collection of scattered letters published chiefly in the daily newspapers 1840-1880. Now edited by An Oxford Pupil With preface by the author. Volume I. - Letters on Art and Science. Volume II. - Letters on Politics, Economy, and Miscellaneous Matters.
    First edition, attractively bound by Mudie. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1880

    Published: Sunnyside, Orpington, Kent

    Stock Code: 114761


  5. Sesame and Lilies.

    Sesame and Lilies.

    Three Lectures. Complete Edition. (Fortieth Thousand.)
    A handsomely bound copy. Sesame and Lilies was first published in 1893, comprising three essays ("Of King's Treasuries", "Of Queen's Gardens", and "The Mystery of Life and Its Arts") through which "Ruskin evoked images of kingship and queenship, which in their respective public and domestic spheres offered male leadership and female care, an ideal of moral and social responsibility in contrast to the selfish anarchy of laissez-faire" (ODNB). Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1901

    Published: Orpington & London

    Stock Code: 108988


  6. The Works.

    The Works.

    Illustrated cabinet edition. A handsomely bound set of Ruskin's works. Learn More

    Date of Publication: [c.1920]

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 114697


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