The Stones of Venice.
With illustrations drawn by the author. A new edition.London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1873-4 Stock Code: 139444
NotesSigned edition, one of 1,500 copies signed by the author at the end of the preface. 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, large octavo (256 x 176 mm). Bound c.1900 in green half-morocco, spines in compartments with raised bands and gilt titles direct, marbled sides and endpapers, top edges gilt.
With 62 illustrated plates and illustrations in the text.
Even sunning to spines, some scuffs to extremities and a few marks, light spotting, a sound and respectable set, very good condition.
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