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[Embroidered Bindings] — Two Late 19th Century Embroidered Bindings by Helen Margaret Dixon 
ARNOLD, EDWIN, SIR. 'THE LIGHT OF ASIA, OR, THE GREAT RENUNCIATION (MAHABHINISHKRAMANA): BEING THE LIFE AND TEACHING OF GAUTAMA, PRINCE OF INDIA AND FOUNDER OF BUDDHISM (AS TOLD IN VERSE BY AN INDIAN BUDDHIST)'. LONDON: KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, TRÜBNER & CO., LTD., 1892. 
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 3,000 USD
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[Embroidered Bindings] — Two Late 19th Century Embroidered Bindings by Helen Margaret Dixon 
ARNOLD, EDWIN, SIR. 'THE LIGHT OF ASIA, OR, THE GREAT RENUNCIATION (MAHABHINISHKRAMANA): BEING THE LIFE AND TEACHING OF GAUTAMA, PRINCE OF INDIA AND FOUNDER OF BUDDHISM (AS TOLD IN VERSE BY AN INDIAN BUDDHIST)'. LONDON: KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, TRÜBNER & CO., LTD., 1892. 
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 3,000 USD
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[Embroidered Bindings] — Two Late 19th Century Embroidered Bindings by Helen Margaret Dixon 
ARNOLD, EDWIN, SIR. 'THE LIGHT OF ASIA, OR, THE GREAT RENUNCIATION (MAHABHINISHKRAMANA): BEING THE LIFE AND TEACHING OF GAUTAMA, PRINCE OF INDIA AND FOUNDER OF BUDDHISM (AS TOLD IN VERSE BY AN INDIAN BUDDHIST)'. LONDON: KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, TRÜBNER & CO., LTD., 1892. 
Small 8vo (6 1/8 x 4 1/8 in.; 155 x 105mm). White satin over boards, covers with variant flowers and leaves in blue, pink, and red silk, silver and gold wire flowers, spine divided into four compartments, first with title in blue silk, others with stylized stars in green silk, all edges gilt, green silk endleaves; some fraying to white satin near edges of boards. [with]: 'Novum Testamentum [repeated in Greek]'. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1880. 8vo (5 7/8 x 4 1/4 in.; 150 x 108mm). Text in Greek, with introduction and side-notes in Latin. White watered silk over boards, covers with variant flowers and leaves in blue, pink, purple, and green silk, silver and gold wire flowers and rules with faux seed pearl detailing, spine with four compartments, the first with cross, the others with symbols of Christ in purple silk, all edges gilt, green silk endleaves, endpaper inscribed by John Ruskin in sepia ink. 
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Provenance

At one point 'Novum Testamentum' was presented to a previous owner by a member of the Cadbury family. It is likely that Ruskin and George Cadbury would have known each other, and moved in similar social circles. Cadbury greatly admired Ruskin, and in 1903 named Bourneville's new school of arts and crafts Ruskin Hall. 

Catalogue Note

Exquisitely bound copies of an popular Victorian work on Buddhism, and the New Testament in Greek 

Remarkable examples of late Victorian needlework bindings in excellent condition, touchingly inscribed by John Ruskin on the endpaper ("much admired by yours truly John Ruskin, 25 June 1893") near the end of his life, when he'd given up writing due to his failing health. The binding is the work of Helen Margaret Dixon, and the volumes were sent to Ruskin at Brantwood, and shown to him by his cousin and Joan Severn.  Helen Margaret Dixon was the daughter of George Dixon, a prominent businessman who served as MP for Birmingham. Helen Margaret wrote several collections of children's stories, and at some point in her life took holy orders, becoming a Sister of the Order of Saint Dominic.

Stunning volumes with a wonderful provenance    

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