The Stones of Venice - The Foundations, The sea-stories; The Fall. With illustrations drawn by the author. -
John Ruskin [1819-1900]
1851 - Smith, London - First Editions
‘Among the many strange things that have befallen Venice, she had the good fortune to become the object of passion to a man of splendid genius’ - Henry James on John Ruskin.
Ruskin’s classic treatise on Venetian art and architecture. Complete in three volumes. Profusely illustrated with 53 plates including seven in colour, and in text drawings throughout
The book aroused considerable interest in Victorian Britain and beyond. The chapter "The Nature of Gothic" (from volume 2) was admired by William Morris, who published it separately in an edition which is in itself an example of Gothic revival. It inspired Marcel Proust; the narrator of the Recherche visits Venice with his mother in a state of enthusiasm for Ruskin