Item #JRUS002 The Nature of Gothic, a Chapter of the Stones of Venice. John Ruskin.
The Nature of Gothic, a Chapter of the Stones of Venice
The Nature of Gothic, a Chapter of the Stones of Venice
The Nature of Gothic, a Chapter of the Stones of Venice

The Nature of Gothic, a Chapter of the Stones of Venice

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Hard Cover. London: Kelmscott Press, 1892. First Edition. Near Fine.

Preface by William Morris. First edition thus. One of 500 copies printed in "golden" type. Bound in contemporary vellum, with titles in gilt to spine. Near fine, with light soiling to vellum, light toning to page edges, lacking ties, and some rippling to pages. Overall, a beautiful copy. The Nature of Gothic is a chapter from English writer John Ruskin's three-volume work, Stones of Venice (1851-1853), which explores the history of Venice and its architecture. In the chapter, Ruskin praises Gothic architecture as emblematic of an ideal in which joy, freedom, and creative expression are found in labor. Ruskin - and particularly this chapter of his - profoundly shaped Morris' views on labor and the importance of handcraftsmanship, which Morris promulgated in the Arts and Crafts movement. In his preface to The Nature of Gothic, Morris writes "To my mind, and I believe to some others, [The Nature of Gothic] is one of the most important things written by the author, & in future days will be considered as one of the very few necessary and inevitable utterances of the century." Item #JRUS002