206
206
[Ruskin, John]
POEMS. J.R. COLLECTED 1850. LONDON: [SPOTTISWOODE AND SHAW], FOR PRIVATE CIRCULATION, 1850
Estimate
3,0005,000
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206
[Ruskin, John]
POEMS. J.R. COLLECTED 1850. LONDON: [SPOTTISWOODE AND SHAW], FOR PRIVATE CIRCULATION, 1850
Estimate
3,0005,000
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[Ruskin, John]
POEMS. J.R. COLLECTED 1850. LONDON: [SPOTTISWOODE AND SHAW], FOR PRIVATE CIRCULATION, 1850
8vo (169 x 111mm.), FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 50 COPIES, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY JOHN RUSKIN SENIOR ("To Emma Edwardes: | From the Author's Father | with his kindest Regards. | 3 February 1851") on front endpaper, original green cloth decorated in blind and gilt, lyre on upper cover, all edges gilt, pale yellow endpapers, very minor spotting, lower cover very slightly damp-stained
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Provenance

Emma Edwardes, neé Grant [stepdaughter to John James Ruskin's physician, friend and neighbour, Dr George Grant], presentation inscription from the author's father

Literature

Wise and Smart 9; James Dearden, "The Production and Distribution of John Ruskin's Poems 1850"

Catalogue Note

A presentation copy from the publisher, the author's father, of the "Rara Avis of Ruskin Literature" (Wise). Ruskin senior had the edition privately printed when his son was in his early thirties, and had abandoned writing poems for writing on art and architecture. The edition was distributed to friends of the family, and includes only five poems which Ruskin wrote after the age of twenty-one. Copies were bound in both purple and green cloth. For an example of the former, see the Herschel Jones--Louis H. Silver--Bradley Martin copy, sold at Sotheby's New York, 1 May 1990, lot 3154. According to James Dearden the green and gilt copies were designed for presentation to ladies, while those in purple and blind were for gentlemen. Both bindings were executed by Westley & Co. in London (with their ticket on the lower paste-down).

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