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 #
Title: The Stones of Venice: The Foundations, The ...
Publisher: Smith, Elder, and Co.
Publication Date: 1874
Book Condition: Very Good+
Edition: New Edition, Limited Edition
Book Description Smith, Elder, and Co 1851-1853, London, 1851. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 7.5 x 10.25 inches (19 x 26 cm). Complete three volume set, all first editions. Full blue morocco leather bindings by Zaehnsdorf. Spines have five raised bands, gilt lettering and ornaments, date of publication to foot of spines. Boards have triple gilt fillet border, single gilt fillet to edges. Marbled endpapers, ornately decorated wide turn-ins plus gilt border to pastedown endpaper. Top page edges gilt, other edges untrimmed. Original cloth covers have been mounted and bound in. Spines slightly faded, scratch to front board of Vol I, scratch and scuff to front board of Vol II, the bindings are otherwise in excellent condition. Offsetting to free endpapers from decorated turn-ins, light foxing to page edges and endpapers, occasional spotting to text, a few plates in Vol. III have light staining to the margins. Engraved bookplate to front pastedown endpapers (Sir David Salomons Bart., Broomhill, Tunbridge Wells.) An interesting character, Salomons was elected as both Sheriff and Lord Mayor of London, the first Jew to hold either position. In 1851 he became the second Jewish elected Member of Parliament, Lionel de Rothschild was the first in 1847, but at the time neither were permitted to sit in the House of Commons due to the Christian oath. The verso of the front free endpaper in Vol. I has a pasted clipping from a bookseller catalogue and a few notes that appear to indicate the books was bought in 1892 for £18 and the bindings cost £6 and 15 shillings. The leading blank has a pasted slip from a bookseller's catalogue for this set priced at £24/0/0. The first printing of Ruskin's landmark work, an excellent example in Zaehnsdorf bindings of the very highest order. We also have a uniformly bound first edition of Ruskin's Seven Lamps of Architecture. Overall condition is Very Good. Please Note: This is a very heavy item and international postage will be more than the standard rate - a postage supplement will be requested after the order has been placed. Please contact us for an accurate postage cost for your location. Hardback. Printed pages: xii, 413, 394,362. Bookseller Inventory # 1159E179