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23 April - 21 September 2012

The Library Edition of the Works of John Ruskin:
A Centenary Celebration

The thirty-ninth and final volume of the Library Edition of the Works of John Ruskin, one of the greatest works in the history of editing, was published in May 1912.  This display marks the centenary of its completion, only nine years after the first volume appeared.  The editor was Sir Edward Tyas Cook, one of this country’s great but unsung men of letters, who made his mark in journalism as editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, the Westminster Gazette, and the Daily News from 1895 to 1901.  His assistant in the edition of Ruskin – still regarded as definitive – was Alexander Wedderburn, a former pupil of Ruskin’s at Oxford.

The Ruskin Library houses the largest collection in the world of material relating to Ruskin, and the display will include books, photographs and archives, alongside many of the drawings and watercolours used as illustrations in the Library Edition, such as Ruskin’s Rosslyn Chapel, Walls of Lucerne andBrezon, looking towards Geneva.

View from the Base of the Brezon, above Bonneville, by John Ruskin

View from the Base of the Brezon, above Bonneville, illustrated in Volume XVII of the Library Edition

View from the base of the Brezon, above Bonneville - plate from the Library Edition

Roslin Chapel, engraved for the Library Edition

Ruskin's 1838 drawing of Roslin Chapel, used as an illustration in Volume XXXVIII of the Library Edition

Roslin Chapel, drawn by Ruskin in 1838

The Walls of Lucerne, by John Ruskin

The Walls of Lucerne,
illustrated in Volume V of the Library Edition The Walls of Lucerne, engraved for Volume V of the Library Edition

 

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