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    Sale 5315

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including Modern First Editions

    13 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 328

    RUSKIN, John (1819-1900). Autograph letter signed ('J. Ruskin') to 'Monsieur Guyard', Brantwood, 14 November 1881, 2 pages, large 8vo, (some slight wear including short marginal tears and at folds, minor light stain).

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    RUSKIN, John (1819-1900). Autograph letter signed ('J. Ruskin') to 'Monsieur Guyard', Brantwood, 14 November 1881, 2 pages, large 8vo, (some slight wear including short marginal tears and at folds, minor light stain).

    An expression of admiration for the author and social reformer Auguste Guyard (1808-1882). Ruskin will be happy to receive 'any book of yours or any book -- that was yours ... your verses are quite lovely -- that line, "plus belle est l'Utopie" -- is so infinitely true'. In contrast, Ruskin holds no hope that people will 'be wise hereafter by my books' and sends his 'sincerest love to Mrs Talbot', presumably his close friend and patron of the Guild of St George, Fanny Talbot; Guyard became her tenant at Barmouth in Wales when he fled the seige of Paris in 1870. Known there as the 'Frenchman', 'he participated in Ruskin's experiment in agrarian cooperation' (see N.J.Andrews, Socialism's Muse, 2006, p.152).


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