|[Ruskin, John], and Richard Doyle (illus.), THE KING OF THE
GOLDEN RIVER; OR, THE BLACK BROTHERS: A LEGEND OF STIRIA. (London:
Smith Elder & Co., 1851 [December 1850]). First edition, 18 x
13.5cm (8vo), in publisher's cream paper-covered boards w/printed
border, title & designs by Doyle to fr. cover, printed borders
& central device to rear, a.e.g., coated decorative pale green ep.s
w/binder's ticket (Westleys & Co., London; Ball 103B) to rear
pastedown, [i-vi],  2-52 pp. w/24 wood engravings (incl. fr. cover
designs, frontis & prelim titlepage designs) by the Dalziels,
Harvey Orrin Smith, Isabel Thompson etc. after Doyle, +2pp. publ.
adverts to rear (undated, but obviously from Dec. 1850). Printed
by Henry Vizetelly, London. Interestingly, Doyle misspelt the
title's final word on his woodblock for the prelim titlepage as
"STYRIA" & to correct this the engraver trimmed off the right-hand
upward angle of the "Y" creating a crooked "I"; however, the
misspelling remains uncorrected in the fr. cover design.
Inscribed to verso of fr. ep.: "Rose Emma Fawcett from her affecte
Papa, Novbr 7th 1852." Binding Good (expertly
rebacked w/ivory linen, corners worn w/moderate paper loss, & a few
rub spots & scratches to paper); contents Very Good (occas. lt.
thumbing, & several illus. lightly coloured by a prev.
owner). Slater 226-27, Ashley IV 181 ("it is important that the
original covers should be preserved, as the design upon the front
includes two [wood]cuts which are not reproduced in the body of the
work"), Ray 142 (Doyle "made a little masterpiece of Ruskin's fairy
tale"--see also pp.xxii, 87 & 88), de Beaumont 348; see also Wolff
5993a Note. Together with:
Ruskin, John, and Richard Doyle (illus.), THE KING OF THE GOLDEN RIVER OR THE BLACK BROTHERS A LEGEND OF STIRIA. (Boston: Mayhew & Baker, 1860). First American edition, 18 x 13.5cm (small 4to), in publisher's crimson morocco-grain cloth w/embossed borders to covers, gilt decoration to fr. cover, gilt title to fr. cover & spine, a.e.g., cream ep.s, [1-13] 14-68 pp. w/numerous wood engravings after Doyle, the originals re-engraved by Kilburn & Mallowry, Boston. Printed by H.O. Houghton & Co., Cambridge MA. Binding Near-Fine (minor staining & bubbling to ep.s); contents Near-Fine.
Both volumes enclosed in a fine custom-made pale tan linen clamshell box w/gilt title on brown morocco label to spine. (Inv. #1230) C$1,000
As Osborne (which has the 2nd British ed.) reports, "in 1841 the twelve-year-old Euphemia (Effie) Chalmers Gray dared Ruskin ... to write a fairy tale for her." Ruskin & Effie were married in 1848, but 7 years later she filed for annulment claiming that Ruskin was unwilling to consummate the marriage--whether or not this was merely a ploy to gain her freedom so she could marry her not-so-secret lover John Everett Millais has long been a topic of discussion (Effie's huge commercialistic influence on Millais's subsequent career has elicited the sarcastic speculation that had Ruskin remained married to her, he would have written Bubbles).