First U.S. edition (printed in the UK). A stunning set in the original greyish-blue cloth, with gilt titling and decoration. Top edge gilt, others uncut; some pages unopened. Title page printed in red and black. Four sepia plates plus folding facsimile of MS of the opening passage of "The Stones of Venice". ❦ In the scarce dust jackets, a trifle darkened on spines and chipped at head and tail; with old (shelf?) labels.
"The principal material on which this Biography is founded consists of Ruskin's diaries, note-books, and letters which have been placed at my disposal by his executors ... The late Mr. George Allen gave me some personal reminiscences of his long connexion with Ruskin." (cf. Prefatory Note).
Author E. T. Cook
Binding Publisher's original greyish-blue cloth
Publisher New York: The Macmillan Company; London: George Allen & Co. Ltd
Condition Soperb copies
Pages 540 & 615