Illustrated with 14 Black and White plates. Bookplate and a letter from John Ruskin describing the previous owner's patronage and help with the creation of this volume. Pasted in signature also present to the second flyleaf. Bound in full gilt decorated leather by Birdsall and Son with gilt titles present to the spine.
Leather lightly worn along the extremities. Previous owner's bookplate present to the reverse of the front board.
Text block has foxing present throughout but is free of marks, binding tight and solid. SIGNED JOHN RUSKIN FIRST EDITION FULL LEATHER 1849 SEVEN LAMPS OF ARCHITECTURE. Up For Sale Today is.
The Seven Lamps of Architecture. John Ruskin (8 February 1819 20 January 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker, and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy.His writing styles and literary forms were equally varied. Ruskin penned essays and treatises, poetry and lectures, travel guides and manuals, letters and even a fairy tale. The elaborate style that characterized his earliest writing on art was later superseded by a preference for plainer language designed to communicate his ideas more effectively. In all of his writing, he emphasized the connections between nature, art, and society.
He also made detailed sketches and paintings of rocks, plants, birds, landscapes, and architectural structures and ornamentation. He was hugely influential in the latter half of the 19th century, and up to the First World War.
After a period of relative decline, his reputation has steadily improved since the 1960s with the publication of numerous academic studies of his work. Today, his ideas and concerns are widely recognized as having anticipated interest in environmentalism, sustainability, and craft.Ruskin first came to widespread attention with the first volume of Modern Painters (1843), an extended essay in defense of the work of J. Turner in which he argued that the principal role of the artist is "truth to nature". From the 1850s he championed the Pre-Raphaelites who were influenced by his ideas. His work increasingly focused on social and political issues. Unto This Last (1860, 1862) marked the shift in emphasis. In 1869, Ruskin became the first Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford, where he established the Ruskin School of Drawing.
In 1871, he began his monthly "letters to the workmen and laborers of Great Britain", published under the title Fors Clavigera (18711884). In the course of this complex and deeply personal work, he developed the principles underlying his ideal society. As a result, he founded the Guild of St George, an organiorganization endures today. ALL ITEMS ARE DESCRIBED TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY! IF THE DESCRIPTION AND THE PHOTOS DO NOT MATCH THE PHOTOS TAKE PRECEDENCE!ALL ITEMS ARE PACKED IN A WATERPROOF CUSTOM FITTED BAG, WRAPPED IN 2 LAYERS OF BUBBLE WRAP AND THEN PLACED INTO A CUSTOM FITTED CARDBOARD PACKAGE. PLEASE WAIT FOR THE INVOICE! WE WILL TRY TO PUT UP NEW AUCTIONS EVERY DAY! Show off your items with Auctiva's Listing Templates. The item "SIGNED JOHN RUSKIN FIRST EDITION FULL LEATHER 1849 SEVEN LAMPS OF ARCHITECTURE" is in sale since Friday, May 19, 2017. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "lastexitbooks" and is located in Long Island City, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.