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Ruskin, John
[Ruskin, John- Earliest First Edition, Issue, Stunning Original Cloth, Fine] Stones of Venice
London: Smith, Elder and Company, 1853. First edition. First edition. Three volumes. Quartos. In the original publisher's stunning brown heavily embossed fine grain cloth with bold gilt-blocked cover design revealing in negative space geometric shapes and superb stylized peacocks (on both covers), gilt decorated spine with lettering, original red brown endpapers. A fine set of the rare first edition, comprising the 1851 first issue volume, and the two first issue volumes, published in 1853, thus a complete set of three in the publisher's matched bindings. Unlike a few other sets found in the marketplace, these with concurrent dates on the advertisements in back for all three volumes as follows: Volume One (1851), "A Catalogue of Books," dated February, 1851, 16pp; Volume Two (1853), "A Catalogue of New and Standard Books," dated June, 1853, 16pp; and Volume Three (1853) "A Catalogue of New and Standard Books," dated September, 1853. Ruskin's classic treatise on Venetian Art and Architecture, describing over eighty churches in the Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods. A monumental achievement, with 53 engraved, lithograph, and mezzotint tissue-guarded plates (seven hand-colored) and wood engraved illustrations in the text, all after drawings by Ruskin. A fine copy with only slightest wear to otherwise stunning cloth covers, rear free fly lacking in vol 2, vol 1 and 2 near fine internally, vol 3 with occasional foxing to some early pages, but unobtrusive. Together a fine set, unparalleled in quality and certainly the finest copy to appear on the market in this first edi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books [United States]

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