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[RUSKIN, John.]

Poems.

Availability: In stock

Published: London [privately printed], 1850

Stock Code: 130165

£3,750
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition, presentation copy from John James Ruskin, the father of John Ruskin, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Emma Edwardes: From the Author's Father with his Kindest Regards. 3. February 1851". The recipient, Emma Edwardes, was the stepdaughter of John James Ruskin's physician, Dr. George Grant.
With only 50 copies printed, Poems was called by Thomas Wise the "Rara Avis of Ruskin Literature". John James Ruskin had the edition privately printed for friends and family when his son was in his early thirties, and had abandoned writing poetry in favour of writing on art and architecture. Copies were bound in both green and purple cloth by Westley & Co. in London; it appears that the green copies were presented to ladies, as here, and the purple copies presented to gentlemen. John James Ruskin's diary has been preserved, and lists 22 presentation copies of the Poems, one of which is the present copy to Mrs. Edwardes. At the height of the fashion for collecting Ruskin in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the book commanded huge prices, and W. G. Collingwood was unable to get hold of a copy when preparing an edition of Ruskin's poems in 1891. It remains one of the great rarities in the Ruskin field.

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, gilt vignette to front cover within blind panelling, gilt edges.

Condition

Spine lightly sunned, some marking to cloth. A very good copy.

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