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    The Most Important Chapter of The Stones of Venice

    [Kelmscott Press]. John Ruskin. The Nature of Gothic. A Chapter of the Stones of Venice. [With a preface by William Morris]. [London: Published by George Allen, 1892]. Limited to 500 paper copies (no vellum copies). Small quarto. [2, blank], [1], iv, [1], 127, [1] pages. Golden type. Decorative woodcut border and initials. Numerous architectural diagrams in the text. Printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith. Original stiff vellum with yapp edges. Green silk ties. Spine lettered in gilt. Two bookplates, including that of Carson Brevoort. Fine.
    "This chapter of The Stones of Venice, which Ruskin always considered the most important in the book, was first printed separately in 1854 as a sixpenny pamphlet. Morris paid more than one tribute to it in Hopes and Fears for Art." (Sparling). "This chapter of The Stones of Venice (1853) had previously been reprinted as a 4d. pamphlet by F.J. Furnivall on the occasion of the opening of the Working Men's College in 1853. Cook and Wedderburn, in their Library Edition of Ruskin's Works, add the following bibliographical note: 'The Kelmscott edition was set up from the 1886 edition of the complete work, and some misprints which crept into that issue are repeated.'" (Peterson). From the collection of John Carrol Collins.

    Clark Library, Kelmscott and Doves, p. 14. Peterson, A4. Ransom, Private Presses, p. 325, no. 4. Sparling, 4. Tomkinson, pp. 108-109, no. 4.


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