The Nature of Gothic

wess than a month after the publication of the Proteus, the Kelmscott Press produced a chapter from John Ruskin's influential book The Stones of Venice, "The Nature of Gothic." Though Morris derived many of his ideas about art and craftsmen from Ruskin, the impetus for the publication apparently came from Sydney Cockerell, Morris' secretary and an acquaintance of Ruskin, who had been pushing Morris to publish the chapter for nearly a year before he finally decided to do so. The volume was issued in March 1892 in a press run of 500 copies.

The Lear Center copy is bound in stiff vellum with gold lettering on the spine and cloth ties at the foreedge. There are bookplates of the noted book collectors John Quinn and the Parke E. Simmons on the front pastedown and front free endleaf, respectively. Quinn's collection was sold by auction in 1923 and Simmons' in 1937. Both auctions were overseen by the Anderson Auction Company in New York. The book was donated to the Library by Charles E. Feinberg.

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