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ยป Book launch in the Upper Library

Book launch in the Upper Library

On the 12 March 2013 a reception celebrating the publication of James S. Dearden's Library of   John Ruskin took place in the Upper Library at Christ Church. Besides being the perfect setting for an event such as this, the Upper Library was a place John Ruskin knew well as a member of the House, so launching a volume about his own library here was a fitting thing to do.

James S. Dearden's Library of John Ruskin provides a comprehensive catalogue of almost three thousand books and manuscripts known to have been owned by Ruskin or to have passed through his hands. Based on more than sixty years of collecting and research, it draws on the author's unrivalled knowledge of Ruskin's writings and collections, as well as on extensive study of book-trade and library records. A substantial introduction describes Ruskin's habits as reader and collector, the changing form of his library over time and its eventual dispersal, surviving catalogues of Ruskin's books, and his bookplates. To order a copy, contact or visit

Photographs by David Stumpp.

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