The Library Of John Ruskin - Oxford Bibliographical Society - Third Series VII - 2012
A book on the personal library of John Ruskin, now mostly in the hands of private collectors or corporate ownership.
Taken, in parts, from this book-
'Ruskin bought books whenever he needed them, or whenever he saw something that took his fancy. Essentially he was a book-buyer rather than a book borrower or library user. Not only was Ruskin a user of books, he was also a mis-user. If he wasn't cutting up and giving away manuscripts, then he was annotating them as he read them. Ruskin's printed books were no safer. Heads and tails were cut off to fit into their appointed shelves. He also apparently heartily disapproved of books of which he could not open flat, so that he could see right into the margins.'
A most valuable work for Ruskin scholars and followers. This excellent tome represents a lifetime of study and diligently compiled data - unlikely to be excelled.
John Ruskin was born on 8 February 1819 at 54 Hunter Street, London, the only child of Margaret and John James Ruskin. He was the most powerful and influential critic of the nineteenth century. He wrote about nature, art, architecture, politics, history, myth, and much besides; all his work is characterised by a clarity of vision as unsettling and intense now as it was for his first readers.
CONDITION: A couple of un-cut edges to pages on 172 and binding is a little loose with minor scuff marks on cover but otherwise clean and bright with no inscriptions or notations. (See photos for details)