New York: John Wiley, 1849. First American edition. Decorated Embossed Cloth over Boards. Quarto, pp 205. + 6 Pages of advertising. Illustrated w/14 fold out lithograph plates. Ruskin's text is an enduring architectural classic, a book which was, to quote Sir Kenneth Clark, "in the history of taste, perhaps the most influential ever published." Signed by a previous owner neatly in ink on the title page. Good; weak back hinge, foxing. Item #21663
This book was the first treatise in English to teach the real significance of architecture as the most trustworthy record of life and faith of nations. It was an attempt to apply to architecture some of the principals the author sought to enforce in the case of painting, and it was influential in encouraging the Gothic revival of the time. According to Hitchcock, this book "was, of course, Ruskin's first book on architecture and its immediate appearance in America is an indication of the interest in architecture at this time, and of the fact that the early volumes of Modern Painters had already established a market for Ruskin's work." Hitchcock 1068. A very scarce first edition with beautiful plates.