Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton. John Ruskin, Charles Eliot Norton, Compiler and Preface.
Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton
Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton
Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton
Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton
Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton
Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton

Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton

Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1904. Hardcover. A Fine set of the first edition, third impression of this collection of Letters from John Ruskin (1819 – 1900 to Charles Eliot Norton (1827 – 1908) published in two volumes in the Publisher's original green cloth with the front board and spine lettered and decorated and lined in gilt, the top edge of each closed page block in gilt, and with each volume wearing its original dust jacket. The title page of each volume dates them to 1905 but the copyright page of each volume states that it was published in "November, 1904". Each volume is in lovely condition with its deep green binding being rich in color, with just a touch of rubbing the leading corners and with the lower leading corner of Volume II being bumped. Each volume's dust jacket is in Very Good condition with modest soiling and some chipping to the jacket edges. In his Preface to this collection of letters Norton states that he first contemplated not publishing these letters during his lifetime but, on further contemplated decided to publish them, noting that the editors of then in process complete edition of Ruskin's writings asked that Norton allow them to publish them. However, not wanting the trust anyone else to select and edit Ruskin's letters to him, and noting that no other series of Ruskin's letters "... extended unbroken over so long a term of years, or was likely to possess so much autobiographical interest, - comparatively little, indeed, as a record of events, but much as a record of moods and mental conditions. As a picture of character the letters were as a whole unique", Norton determined to do the work himself. Englishman John Ruskin was not only the leading Art Critic of his (the Victorian) era, but also a patron of art, draughtsman (i.e. one who draws), watercolourist, philosopher, a noted social thinker and generous philanthropist. Ruskin's writings included work on geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany, and political economy. Charles Eliot Norton was a highly-notable author, social critic, and professor of art, as well as a social reformer and liberal activist considered by many to be one of the most cultivated men in America. [Please Note: As this copy is the third impression of the First Edition, the content will mirror that of the first impression i.e. of letters written well-before any set of these letters was published. However, unlike any other set we have seen, this set has the SCARCE DUST JACKETS.]. Fine / very good +. Item #3028

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