The Stones of Venice.
With illustrations drawn by the author. Seventeenth thousand in small form.London: George Allen, 1905 Stock Code: 136701
A handsomely bound copy. One of the key texts of the aesthetic movements, The Stones of Venice was first published from 1851 to 1853 and was "a revolutionary success" (PMM). Its importance lies "in its celebration of the Byzantine and the Gothic, which had an immediate effect on Victorian architects, who began to introduce Romanesque forms and Venetian and Veronese colour and sculptural features into their designs" (ODNB). In the most famous chapter, "The nature of Gothic", which was twice reprinted in his lifetime (first for the inauguration of the London Working Men's College in 1854, and second by William Morris in 1892), "Ruskin argued that under conditions of industrialization and the division of labour, social disharmony and industrial unrest were bound to occur, because the previously expressive craftsman - Ruskin's ideal working man - had been reduced to the condition of a machine" (ibid.).
3 volumes, octavo (188 x 123 mm). Contemporary red morocco for Hatchards, spine lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt.
With 53 plates after illustrations by the author.
Spines lightly sunned, vol. II with slight scratch to front cover and short split at foot of rear joint. A near-fine copy.
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