The first edition of John Ruskin's The Stones of Veniceis an incomparable association copy. Inscribed by Ruskin "To John Everett Millais, with the author's sincere and respectful regards. Glenfinlas, 22 October, 1853," it was presented to the Pre-Raphaelite painter at the conclusion of their extended holiday in Scotland. Bound in gilt dark green moulded leather covers with a design that essentially duplicates that of the publisher's brown cloth edition binding. The covers feature a gold-stamped central motif of peacocks and doves in an elaborate ogival arch.
31497. John Ruskin (1819–1900). The Stones of Venice. 3 vols. London: Smith, Elder, and Company, 1851–1853.
Gilt green moulded leather
Ruskin, John, 1819–1900., “31497,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed October 6, 2022, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1512.