The Seven Lamps of Architecture.
With illustrations, drawn and etched by the author.London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1849 Stock Code: 142792
First edition of the first of Ruskin's works to carry his name and the first to be illustrated. This copy is extra-illustrated with a later portrait of Ruskin as frontispiece.
His purpose was to "both secularize and make protestant the movement of the Gothic revival, drawing it away from the Roman Catholic influence of August Wegin Pugin" (ODNB). This work introduces Ruskin's principles of architectures, which were developed in his later and much larger work The Stones of Venice (1851-3).
Octavo (250 x 172 mm). Early 20th-century blue half morocco, titles in gilt direct to spine, triple gilt fillets to compartments, marbled boards ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
14 monochrome tissue-guarded plates, extra-illustrated with later monochrome portrait frontispiece.
Ink ownership inscription on decorative bookplate of one Bertha Child Mackenzie Robinson (c. 1861-1943), of Brae House near Dingwall, wife of London-based locomotive engine maker, Frederick Robinson (c. 1854-1918), of Ord House Muir Ross shire. Faint sunning to spine, a touch of rubbing to corners, occasional light foxing sometimes affecting plates, else internally fresh; a very good copy indeed.
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