Title: The Stones of Venice: The Foundations, The ...
Publisher: Smith, Elder, and Co., London
Publication Date: 1874
Book Condition: Very Good+
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: New Edition, Limited Edition
Contemporary gilt-ruled brown morocco, gilt-stamped lettering in second and fourth spine compartments (5 raised bands), a.e.g., inside gilt dentelles and decorative cloth endpapers; complete set of 3 volumes, 4to; pp. xxi, , 400; vi, , 394; , 362; plus 53 lithograph plates by Ruskin (some in color), and numerous engravings in text. New Edition, limited to 1500 copies, signed by Ruskin at the end of the preface. Some very light scuffing along joints, raised bands, and edges of boards; a few faint spots on boards. Small remains of old price stickers on FFEPs; just a little foxing; but text blocks are overall nice and clean. A handsome, finely bound, set. "Stones of Venice" is Ruskin's technical history of Venetian architecture from the Romanesque to the Renaissance, and a broad cultural history -- but it also reflects his social views. The chapter "The Nature of Gothic," in particular, had a profound impact, and was reprinted by the Christian socialist founders of the Working Men's College, and later by the Arts and Crafts pioneer William Morris. Ruskin praises Gothic ornament as an expression of the artisan's joy in free, creative work, and cultivates an aesthetic attack on, and a social critique of, the division of labour in particular, and industrial capitalism in general. Bookseller Inventory # D11713
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