London: George Allen, 1903-1912. First Thus. Library Edition. Limited to 2,062 copies (of which 2,000 are for sale). Complete in thirty-nine large octavo volumes (9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches; 242 x 165 mm.). Bound in contemporary three-quarter green levant morocco over green cloth boards ruled in gilt. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. Several volumes sunned at spine. Frontispieces and plates (including chromolithographs, photogravures (some tinted blue or sepia), and engravings), numerous text illustrations, and facsimiles. Printed at the Ballantyne Press, Edinburgh. With the bookplates of Ernest Ridley Debenham. Overall, a Near Fine set.
“The object of the editors has been to put the readers of this edition in possession of a complete collection of Ruskin’s published Writings.” It includes “all Ruskin’s books now current in other editions…a reissue of all publications by him now out of print or only privately circulated…all his letters, articles, and other scattered writings, printed but not heretofore collected…and a collation of all the different editions, thus bringing together within the pages of each book everything that he at any time published in it.” This edition also includes “all the illustrations inserted by Ruskin in his books, and all the drawings by him which have hitherto been published [many printed from the original plates]. These are an essential portion of his work.” The last volume contains a bibliography, a catalogue of the manuscripts, and a full index to Ruskin’s works. Near Fine (Item #3771)