SESAME AND LILIES with an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS) to his Publisher by Ruskin tipped in. John RUSKIN.

SESAME AND LILIES with an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS) to his Publisher by Ruskin tipped in

London: George Allen, Sunnyside, Orpington, 1896. Eleventh Edition. Hardcover. Full gilt-decorated green morocco by Hatchard, gilt dentelles with marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. With an AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED by Ruskin to George Smith tipped in at the front. In full: "I am thoroughly ashamed at not having answered -- I believe I did not -- your kind letter about Mr. Rich.-- I never meant to say that Mr. Rich had done his work badly, but only that I think I can do [?] little bit better -- and shall be very grateful to you if you will let me do so. I have been delayed by a little cold in finishing my [?] of lectures but hope to do so next week, and to have leisure for everything. You see I am getting my [?] of letters looked over today. I think you will find the Edinburgh people on the whole in very good humour with my lectures -- and they really should be, for I took great pains with them." Ruskin adds a postscript: "I have written to my father to consult with him about publishing my lectures. Edmunton (?) wanted to do it here, but I wish I should never leave W. Smith -- as long as he was not tired of me." With an auction description of this copy from 1925 tipped to the front pastedown. Contents clean; letter with some splitting along one fold but intact. Binding rubbed along front hinge, covers tight. Near Fine. Item #020205

George Smith (1824-1901), son of the founder of the publishing firm Smith, Elder, and Co., took over for his father in 1846, publishing many of Ruskin's major works.

Price: $2,500.00