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Ethics of the Dust. Ten Lectures to Little Housewives on the Elements of Crystallisation.

RUSKIN John (1866.)

£750.00  [First Edition]

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First edition, 8vo., original brown cloth gilt and black. London, Smith, Elder & Co.

A presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title to one the"little housewives": "Constance Oldham with the Old Lecturer's affectionate regards. Christmas 1865." Constance was a family friend and his god-daughter, and at his suggestion she attended the boarding school Winnington Hall, in Cheshire. Ruskin had a special relationship with Winnington, and frequently stayed there, writing and relaxing: "He was more than a casual visitor to this school and special quarters were set aside for him. He was eager to help and advise Miss Bell, the headmistress, on the teaching of art and other matters related to the school. His lectures were greatly enjoyed by the children. Ethics of the Dust may be described as his teaching manual there.. .. Winnington was his tranquiliser" wrote Marget Spence in an essay on the correspondence between Ruskin and Oldham, published in the John Rylands library Journal, where the correspondence between the two is held.Extremities worn, some foxing, but a very good copy.

Stock Code: 133117