The Complete Works of John Ruskin, The Library Edition, Edited by E.T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, Volumes number 1- 39 (Volume 12 is missing). The collection is from the estate of Nelson Doubleday. The Library Edition of the complete works of John Ruskin was completed over a period of nine years. Comprising the totality of his known works with many letters and previously unpublished material up to that date and forms a tremendous record of the achievement of one of Britain's foremost art critics who was also an accomplished artist in his own right as well as being an important patron, philanthropist and social thinker. Arguably his most important achievements in his lifetime were the championing of the pre-Raphaelites and his important defense of J.M.W. Turner which brought him to prominence early in his life. The edition was the outcome of twelve years work by Edward Tyas Cook and Alexander Wedderburn. The uniform books are illustrated with 820 wood blocks and 990 full-page plates with 120 facsimiles of MSS., and includes 269 plates of Ruskin's own drawings of which 200 had never before been published. Portraits of Ruskin are used as frontispieces to some of the volumes. The press work was carried out by Messrs. Ballantyne of Edinburgh, and is printed on hand-made, linen rag paper with a double watermark of Ruskin's monogram and seal. The first volume was published on 27 March 1903.
Dimensions: 9.75 x 6.75 x 3 in.
Date: c. 1903