Crab, Shrimp, and Lobster Lore,
gathered amongst the rocks and the sea-shore, by the riverside, and in the forest.London: George Routledge and Sons, 1867 Stock Code: 129705
First edition, from the library of John Ruskin, with his Brantwood book label, and inscribed on the half-title: "R. Leslie to J. R., if of any use please keep - contains about as much as is known I think". The presentee, Robert Charles Leslie (1826-1901), was a friend and correspondent of Ruskin. "In love of the sea and of animals there was a strong link of sympathy between them; and letters from Mr. Leslie, who liked to send him jottings, cuttings, or gossip about things lovely and of good report, formed, as it were, a contribution to Ruskin's ideal newspaper. Many of these were preserved among Ruskin's papers, and his letters to Mr. Leslie... show how much he valued such messages from his friend" (The Works of John Ruskin, 1909, vol. XXXVI, p. cviii.). The work itself, a sentimentalised account of coastal lore regarding crustaceans, is a perfect example of their common interests.
Duodecimo. Original brown cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, gilt vignette to front cover within gilt ruled frame.
Steel-engraved frontispiece, 36 black and white illustrations in the text.
A few pencilled lines in margins, W. H. Smith library blindstamp to front endpaper. A near-fine, bright copy, with trivial mark to rear cover and light foxing to initial and final leaves.
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