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The Works....

Edited by E. T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn.

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Published: London George Allen, 1903-12

Stock Code: 133190

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


Limited to 2,062 copies, of which 2,000 are for sale. The definitive Library Edition, with the booklabel of Margaret Griselda Wedderburn (1884-1918), only daughter of the co-editor Alexander Wedderburn. "The apogee of Ruskin's immediate influence was marked by the decision to publish a monumental Library Edition of his complete works in thirty-nine volumes, edited by E. T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, which appeared between 1903 and 1912. Although biographically reticent and presenting a liberal version of Ruskin (as did Cook's entry in the Dictionary of National Biography), this became the foundation for future Ruskin scholarship" (ODNB).

"The object of the editors has been to put the readers of this edition in possession of a complete collection of Ruskin's published Writings." It includes "all Ruskin's books now current in other editions, a reissue of all publications by him now out of print or only privately circulated, all his letters, articles, and other scattered writings, printed but not heretofore collected and a collation of all the different editions, thus bringing together within the pages of each book everything that he at any time published in it." This edition also includes "all the illustrations inserted by Ruskin in his books, and all the drawings by him which have hitherto been published many printed from the original plates. These are an essential portion of his work." The last volume contains a bibliography, a catalogue of the manuscripts, and a full index to Ruskin's works (see the "Preface to This Edition")

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39 volumes, octavo (236 x 158 mm). Contemporary vellum, dark green morocco label to smooth spines, gilt tooling to spines, multiple fillets with cornerpieces to boards gilt, central motif gilt to front board of Ruskin's arms within his motto "Today", inner dentelles gilt, cream endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.


Frontispieces and plates (including chromolithograph, photogravure, some tinted blue or sepia, and engravings), numerous text illustrations, and facsimiles.


Bookplate to front pastedowns, some mild spotting to pastedowns and endpapers, couple of labels ever so slightly faded, minor marks to spines and boards overall a very good bright set.


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