RUSKIN (JOHN) Autograph letter signed, [1853]
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RUSKIN (JOHN) Autograph letter signed, [1853]
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RUSKIN (JOHN)
Autograph letter signed ("J Ruskin"), to "My dear Sir", giving typically idiosyncratic and meticulous advice on how best an invalid might sojourn in Italy, France and Spain ("...Of Australia I know nothing... The great thing is to keep your mind agreeably employed and not to expose yourself rashly. With precautions – you may obtain almost any climate in Italy you choose, provided you do not allow yourself to be led away by temptation into the shady side of a street, when you know you ought to keep to the sunny one. – I think Italy – take it all in all – is essential country for an Invalid... I think the French air exquisite. When you find it getting too cold for you, run to Paris by the railroad and thence to Nice..."), 4 pages, on paper with a decorative blindstamp border, trace of mounting, 8vo, "26th July/ Bridge of Turk", [1853]

Footnotes

  • This appears to have been written on the ill-fated holiday Ruskin spent with his wife Effie and Millais. The party arrived in early July at the hamlet of Brig o'Turk near Stirling, staying first at a hotel, and then in a rented cottage, where the two others, being much in each other's company, fell in love. The elegant, and decidedly feminine, writing-paper no doubt originally belonged to Effie.
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