Finely bound example of John Ruskin's Sesame and Lilies
Sesame and Lilies.
Item Number: 101472
London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1906.
Finely bound example of Ruskin’s classic anthology including Of King’s Treasures, Of Queen’s Gardens, and The Mystery of Life and Its Arts. Small octavo, bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt. In very good condition.
The leading English art critic of the Victorian era, John Ruskin wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy. He was hugely influential in the latter half of the 19th century and up to the First World War. "Clouds, mountains, landscapes, towers, churches, trees, flowers and herbs were drawn with wonderful precision, minuteness of detail and delicacy of hand, solely to recall some specific aspect of nature or art, of which he wished to retain a record. In his gift for recording the most subtle characters of architectural carvings and details, Ruskin has hardly been surpassed by the most distinguished painters" (NNDB).