Signed, limited edition. Robert Gregory's (Yeats' Irish Airman) copy. (1873)


THE STONES OF VENICE. Volume I - The Foundations: Volume II - The Sea Stories: Volume III - The Fall.

Published: Smith, Elder and Co. London. 1873-74.

Date: 1873

NEW EDITION. Limited to 1500 copies. Signed by Ruskin after the new preface, written for this new edition. 3 volumes. Large 8vo. (10.3 x 7.3 inches). Collations; V.1; xxii + 400 pp,-- V. 2; viii + 394 pp, -- V. 3; iv + 362 pp. Illustrated with 53 full page litho plates by Ruskin, some in colour. 38 smaller engravings throughout the text. Some minor foxing otherwise a very good set in fine leather bindings by Birdsall and Son of Northampton. Half tan morocco. Spines with wide raised bands, box ruled in gilt. Compartments double ruled and decorated in gilt. Green and brown labels, ruled and lettered in gilt. Grey cloth on boards with black ruled border and triple gilt ruled edge lines. Top edges gilt.

This copy was previously in the library of Robert Gregory, the son of Lady Gregory and the subject of four poems by W. B. Yeats after his death in 1918, including the moving poems "In memory of Major Robert Gregory" and "An Irish Airman forsees his death". Each volume has Gregory's bookplate, designed by himself and showing the lake at the family seat at Coole, County Galway. Gregory was a talented artist who studied at Slade school of art and staged an exhibition of his own work in Chelsea in 1914. In 1915, he signed up for the war effort, initially with the 4th Connaught Rangers. In 1916 he enrolled into the Royal Flying Corps. He became Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur in 1917 and was also awarded the Military Cross 'for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.' He died in 1918 when an Italian pilot mistakenly shot him down.


Offered by Paul Foster