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    The Definitive Edition of Ruskin's Works

    John Ruskin. The Works of John Ruskin. Edited by E.T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn. London: George Allen, 1903-1912. Library Edition. Limited to 2,062 copies (of which 2,000 are for sale). Complete in thirty-nine octavo volumes. Frontispieces and plates (including chromolithographs, photogravures (some tinted blue or sepia), and engravings), numerous text illustrations, and facsimiles. Printed at the Ballantyne Press, Edinburgh. Three-quarter brown morocco over maroon cloth boards, spines stamped in gilt in compartments, top edge gilt, others uncut. Some general light edgewear and rubbing in places, a few scuffs, small bookseller's label on front pastedowns, slight scuffing to spine of volume 10, dampstaining to top edges of some sheets and plates in volume 12 (generally not touching the text or images but some headlines), very slight top edge dampstain to volume 19, discoloration and staining to some backstrips (most notably on volumes 18-20, 26, 30-33), bottom fore-edge corners of sheets bent or creased in volume 24, heavier scuffing and rubbing to cloth boards of General Index volume 39. Despite these flaws, still a lovely set of the definitive edition of Ruskin's works. "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"). John Ruskin (1819-1900), "English writer, critic, and artist who championed the Gothic Revival movement in architecture and the decorative arts and had a strong influence upon public taste in art in Victorian England" (Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature). His major works include Modern Painters (1843-1860), The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849), The Stones of Venice (1851-1853), Lectures on Architecture and Painting (1854), The Political Economy of Art (1857), Unto This Last (1862), Essays on Political Economy (1862-1863, later Munera Pulveris, 1872), Sesame and Lilies (1865), and Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and Labourers of Great Britain (1871-1884). His story The King of the Golden River (1851) was one of the earliest English fantasies for children. From the Pre-Raphaelite Collection of William E. Fredeman.

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