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).
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Octavo (178 116 mm). Contemporary blue polished calf by Mudie, spine richly gilt in compartments, brown morocco letterpieces lettered in gilt to second and third, two-line border gilt to covers enclosing twin dotted and scalloped rolls in blind, marbled edges and endpapers. Contemporary gift inscription to half-title verso; ownership inscription of R. B. Wenham, Exeter College, Oxford to front pastedown. Spine toned, endleaves foxed, a very good copy.