How to Use this Electronic Edition
This electronic edition of John Ruskin's "Modern Painters" Volume I has
browser (such as Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later), and "cookies"
need to be enabled for some of the features of this edition.
The front page of this edition is based on George Richmond's famous portrait
of Ruskin. By clicking on this image, you will be taken to the "Introduction"
page. By clicking on one of the underlined items on that page, you will
be taken to
- an introduction to the features and development of this electronic
- a synopsis of the themes of Ruskin's published text,
an introduction to how to find your way around the various elements of the
electronic edition (that is, this note).
Alternatively it is possible to go directly to the text of "Modern Painters"
I. You will arrive at the first page (page xlvii) of the synopsis, or detailed
table of contents, of the Third (1846) edition.
From page xlvii it is possible to move to another page of the synopsis,
using the "next page" and "previous page" arrows (see below). Clicking on
a page number sends you to the selected page of the main text of the edition
you are currently looking at.
The above diagram represents a typical page of the electronic edition. The
main feature is a facsimile of a particular page from one of the editions
of "Modern Painters" Volume I. From this page it is possible:
- to go to the next or previous page of this edition by clicking
on the "next page" or "previous page" arrow buttons (A in the above diagram).
to go back to the synopsis for this edition (B). The synopsis lists Ruskin's
numbered paragraphs and their titles within each chapter of the main text.
to bring up a small window containing a list of all pages, chapters, sections
and parts of this edition, allowing you to go directly to the page of interest
(C). This window also allows access to the front matter and back matter
(if any) for this edition.
- to go to the corresponding page of any
of the represented editions, namely the First (1843), Third (1846), Fifth
(1851), Eighth or Autograph (1873), and Tenth or Complete (1888 and 1892)
editions (D). If, for instance you are on the first page of Part II Section
III Chapter II of the Third (1846) edition (that is page 213), and you click
on the "1843" button you will be taken to the first page of Part II Section
III Chapter II of the First (1843) edition, namely page 195. Similarly,
if you are on the second page of Part II Section III Chapter II of the Third
edition (page 214), and you click on the "1843" button you will be taken
to the second page of Part II Section III Chapter II of the First edition
(page 196). And so on.
Clicking on the "MS" button takes you to the
corresponding page (if any) of one of the manuscripts of "Modern Painters"
Volume I (see below).
- to go to a note glossing a particular piece
of text on this page, such as "leaven the whole lump" on page 1 of the main
text (E). In this release of the electronic edition, these notes are linked
only to the Third (1846) edition.
A typical note on the text allows
access (by clicking on an underlined piece of text) to further notes, and
to bibliographical details of the cited references. By clicking on an underlined
piece of text of the form" MP I :78" it is possible to go to a cited
page of this (or another) edition of "Modern Painters" I. In this release,
by clicking on an underlined piece of text of the form" Works, 7.289"
you will be sent to a bibliographical entry for Cooke and Wedderburn's collected
works of John Ruskin (also available on a Ruskin Works
CD-ROM). By clicking on the "close" button at the bottom of the page,
the notes window will be closed, and you will be back at the most recently
referenced page of the text.
Where appropriate a note contains an image
illustrating the cited picture, giving details of its provenance. An attempt
has been made to give an adequate representation of Greek quotations in
the original text (but without breathings or accents), quotations (including
verse quotations) of other works, and citations of portions of the First
and Third editions in quotations illustrating the reception of "Modern Painters"
- to go to a list of collations between significant editions of
"Modern Painters" I which correspond to this page of the Third edition (F).
In this release this is linked only to the Third edition.
- to go
to a review citing the indicated passage (G - yellow bar) or to list a series
of places where the indicated passage has been selected (G - orange bar).
There is a note discussing how these selections
have been treated. Note that this release does not indicate the individual
start- or end-points of two or more selected passages which overlap on the
same page, and similarly for cited passages which overlap on the same page.
Passages cited from the second edition are referred to the corresponding
passage in the first edition.
Clicking on the "MS" button sends you to a page of one of the manuscripts
of "Modern Painters" I, MA 2389 and MA 393 in the Pierpont Morgan Library,
New York. This page contains a facsimile of a verso and recto page, taken
from a microfilm of the relevant manuscript, by permission of the Pierpont
Morgan Library. From here you can go to the previous and next pages, bring
up a small window which enables you directly to visit any other page of
the two manuscripts, or go to the corresponding page of any of the published
editions, using a similar mechanism to the ones described above. You can
also bring up a transcription by Professor Michael Wheeler
of these pages of the manuscript, and a set of notes by Professor Wheeler
on the manuscript and transcription.