Ruskin, John. The Nature of Gothic. 1892, 8vo, limited to 500 copies all on paper, ornamental woodcut border and initials, original vellum, silk ties, [Peterson A4], slight soiling to covers, minor tears to head and foot of spine--Morris, William. Gothic Architecture. 1893, 16mo, limited to 1545 copies of which this is one of 1500 on paper, second or third state (corrected text on p.41 and p.45), printed in red and black, ornamental woodcut initials, later full vellum ("Arts of Design | Nether Pollok" label) with arms in gilt on covers, [Peterson A18], slight soiling to covers (2)
Ruskin's work had first been published in 1853 as a chapter within his The Stones of Venice. It had been at Sydney Cockerell's suggestion that Morris included it as a Kelmscott publication.
Morris' volume was the first Kelmscott book printed in 16mo. It was printed in public during October and November 1893 when a press was moved to the New Gallery for the annual Arts and Crafts exhibition.
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