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The Stones of Venice: Three Volume Set. The Foundations; The Sea-Stories. The Fall. by John Ruskin - 1st Edition  - 1851-1853 - from Tarrington Books and

The Stones of Venice: Three Volume Set. The Foundations; The Sea-Stories. The Fall.

by John Ruskin

Condition: Very Good

London: Smith, Elder, and Co, 1851-1853. 1st Edition . Very Good. 7.5 x 10.25 inches (19 x 26 cm). Complete three volume set, all first editions. Full blue morocco leather bindings by Zaehnsdorf. Spines have five raised bands, gilt lettering and ornaments, date of publication to foot of spines. Boards have triple gilt fillet border, single gilt fillet to edges. Marbled endpapers, ornately decorated wide turn-ins plus gilt border to pastedown endpaper. Top page edges gilt, other edges untrimmed. Original cloth covers have been mounted and bound in. Spines slightly faded, scratch to front board of Vol I, scratch and scuff to front board of Vol II, the bindings are otherwise in excellent condition. Offsetting to free endpapers from decorated turn-ins, light foxing to page edges and endpapers, occasional spotting to text, a few plates in Vol. III have light staining to the margins. Engraved bookplate to front pastedown endpapers (Sir David Salomons Bart., Broomhill, Tunbridge Wells.) An interesting character, Salomons was elected as both Sheriff and Lord Mayor of London, the first Jew to hold either position. In 1851 he became the second Jewish elected Member of Parliament, Lionel de Rothschild was the first in 1847, but at the time neither were permitted to sit in the House of Commons due to the Christian oath. The verso of the front free endpaper in Vol. I has a pasted clipping from a bookseller catalogue and a few notes that appear to indicate the books was bought in 1892 for £18 and the bindings cost £6 and 15 shillings. The leading blank has a pasted slip from a bookseller's catalogue for this set priced at £24/0/0. The first printing of Ruskin's landmark work, an excellent example in Zaehnsdorf bindings of the very highest order. We also have a uniformly bound first edition of Ruskin's Seven Lamps of Architecture. Overall condition is Very Good. Please Note: This is a very heavy item and international postage will be more than the standard rate - a postage supplement will be requested after the order has been placed. Please contact us for an accurate postage cost for your location. Size: 7.5 x 10.25 inches (19 x 26 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: xii, 413, 394,362
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