Hortus inclusus. Messages from the wood to the garden, sent in happy days to the sister ladies of the Thwaite, Coniston, by their thankful friend.
Orpington, Kent. George Allen, 1887. First edition.
8vo. One of 250 large paper copies. 172pp. With half-title. Attractively bound by Zaehnsdorf in contemporary vellum, contrasting green lettering-pieces, gilt, T.E.G., marbled endpapers. A near fine copy with only very minor wear and discolouration to extremities. Internally clean and crisp.
John Ruskin (1819-1900), leading cultural critic and social thinker whose essays on art and architecture were exceptionally influential during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Hortus Inclusus collects a choice few of Ruskin's correspondences to his close friend and confidant Susanna Beever (1805-1893). Assembled by editor Alexander Fleming the letters selected represent near to two hundred written in which the pair share their mutual passions for a variety of topics, from nature to the arts. Hortus Incluses has been described as the only collection of Ruskin's letters in which he himself took any interest. The initial printing ran to 2000 copies with an additional 250 on large paper.£ 150.00 Antiquates Ref: 12319