Image Not Available

Autograph Letter Signed, to Mrs. [William] Cowper [later Cowper-Temple].

Ruskin, John.

Published by [ca. 12 December 1864], Winnington Hall, Northwich, Cheshire, 1864
From SessaBks (ABAA, ILAB) (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since April 10, 2001

Quantity Available: 1

About this Item

Ruskin lived semi-permanently at Winnington Hall in the 1860s: It was a school for girls and Ruskin taught various subjects including Bible, geology, art, and music. His correspondent was his intimate and confidante in the matter of his unfortunate and unrequited love for Rose La Touche. This letter to Mrs. Cowper (n?e Georgianna Tollemache) colorfully, vividly, and indulgently describes the energetic merrymaking of those girls who have not gone home for Christmas holiday. There are about 14 or 15 of them and on the wet day before that of the letter they played at noisy "hide & seek all day" in the enormous building: "The house has about three quarters of a mile of up and down corridors" and presently there are "seven or eight dozen empty rooms" because of the absent girls. As per our caption, he also writes in detail about teaching songs and dances to his charges. On a personal note, he will go and have dinner with the Cowpers on Monday, he promises. The text of the letter was published from the Cook and Wedderburn transcripts in the Bodleian Library (The Winnington Letters, ed. by Van Akin Burd, Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1969; pp. 531?32). There are two small differences in the original that are not found in the printed version. Provenance: In the stock of Thomas H. Telford, an antiques and book dealer; sold in 1933 to Mrs. W.S. Bowen of Westfield, N.J. 12mo (20 x 12.5cm; 7.875" x 4.875:). 3 pp. Written on Winnington embossed stationery. Not the easiest hand to read but clearer than not. Old folds, fore-edges a little crumpled, short fold tears. Overall very good. Bookseller Inventory # 34781

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Autograph Letter Signed, to Mrs. [William] ...

Publisher: [ca. 12 December 1864], Winnington Hall, Northwich, Cheshire

Publication Date: 1864

Store Description

Mail order only.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Everything is guaranteed to be as described, everything is offered subject to prior sale, everything is sold as on approval; all prices are net, with postage, handling, and insurance extra.

Anything sent may be returned for any reason within 5 days of receipt, although
prior notice is required and the returned item must be packed according to our instructions; credit will be applied when the item has arrived back at PRB&M in the same condition as when shipped and will include postage both ways i...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Unless we are otherwise instructed, delivery in the U.S. is typically by USPS priority mail on orders $300 and under and by UPS ground service on orders over that, with overnight or second-day delivery readily arrangeable at an additional charge; shipment abroad is by USPS air mail service.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order PayPal Bank Draft Bank/Wire Transfer