The stones of Venice
With illustrations drawn by the author. London : Smith, Elder and Co., 1851 – 53. First edition. Octavo, three volumes, full calf binding signed by Frederic Silani, gilt tooling, spine in compartments with gilt ornamentation and contrasting morocco title labels (edges scuffed, wear to foot of spines, joints reinforced with cloth tape), all edges stained red, marbled endpapers, pp. xvi; 413; viii; 394; iv; 362, 53 fine plates in engraving and aquatint, some printed in colour, very occasional light foxing, else fine.
One of the great architectural books and the most famous work by Ruskin, The stones of Venice examines the architectural history of Venice’s Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods.