Sesame and Lilies

by Ruskin, John

John Ruskin’s Sesame and Lilies (1865) consists of two lectures, “Of Kings’ Treasuries” and “Of Queens' Gardens,” delivered in December 1864 at the town halls at Rusholme and Manchester. While these lectures emphasize the connections between nature, art and society, they are essentially concerned with education and ideal conduct. The first half of the original work, “Of Kings’ Treasuries,” is a critique of Victorian manhood. The second half, “Of Queens' Gardens,” counsels women to be moral guides and urges parents to educate them as such. Although Sesame and Lilies was widely popular in its time, the work in its entirety has been out of print since the early twentieth century.

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John Wiley and Son of New York first published Sesame and Lilies in 1865.

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A preface and a third essay, “The Mystery of Life and Its Arts,” were added to later editions, first seen in 1871.

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Sesame and Lilies: Three Lectures by John Ruskin. 1. of King's Treasuries. 2. of Queens' Gardens. 3. of the Mystery of Life

Sesame and Lilies: Three Lectures by John Ruskin. 1. of King's Treasuries. 2. of Queens' Gardens. 3. of the Mystery of Life

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SESAME AND LILIESTHREE LECTURES BYJOHN RUSKIN LL.D, LONDON GEORGE ALLEN & SONS 1910 DESCRIPTION (ii) + 228 + (ii) Book measures 175mm x 125mm approximately. Nicely bound in full dark blue calf. Spine with five raised gilt-ruled bands with elaborate gilt decoration to compartments. Gilt swirled border to both boards with gilt inner dentelle work. Educational emblem in… Read more about this item
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[2], xxxvi, [2], 228 pages. Gilt titled green cloth, top edge gilt. Cloth rubbed at extremities, with small loss to corners. Very small tears to top and bottom spine. End papers a little soiled and foxed. Previous owner's ink inscription (F. E. A. Shepherd) to front free end-paper, together with 6 lines of poetry/prose. Text clean with small smudge to margin… Read more about this item
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"Sesame and Lilies" is a collection of three essays, concerned with education and ideal conduct. One essay also covers the role of women, their rights, duties in education, and compassion. John Ruskin was an art critic in Victorian England and an influential figure in the art world. This book includes: Preface, Preface to First Edition, Of Kings' Treasuries,… Read more about this item
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Sunnyside, Orpington and London: George Allen, 1898 Reprint. Hardcover in green cloth, 8vo., 228 pp. Title in gilt to spine. T.e.g., other edges untrimmed. Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co., Edinburgh and London. A small sticker of "New and Old" Leeds bookseller Henry Walker is on the front pastedown. This volume contains several lectures by eminent British art historian and… Read more about this item
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Two lectures given by the author - 1 Sesame, about books and 2 Lillies, why to read. 192 pages with colour border throughout. Book in near fine condition with award sticker dated 1911 on first endpaper. The photo has a shadow bottom right - this is not on the book.
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by Ruskin John [ 11 Volumes. Vellum Bindings ]

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Kent: George Allen , 1876. Books measure 9 1/4 x 6 inches.Eleven volumes.All volumes published by George Allen. Orpington, Kent, except when stated. 1. Sesame and Lilies. Third edition. 1876. Munera Pulveris. 1872. 3. Aratra Pentelici. Second thousand. 1879. 4. The Eagle's Nest. Second thousand. 1880. 5. Time and Tide. Smith Elder. 1872. 6. The Crown of Wild Olive. Smith… Read more about this item
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London: George Allen, 1892. Thirteenth . Full Leather. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 'Sesame and Lilies: Two Lectures by John Ruskin, LL.D., 1. Of Kings' Treasuries. 2. Of Queens' Gardens.' In his preface, Ruskin describes the theme of the lectures as "the majesty of the influence of good books, and of good women, if… Read more about this item
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Sesame and Lilies: Two Lectures delivered at Manchester in 1864: Of Kings' Treasuries and Of Queens' Gardens.
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1866. Third edition, with preface. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1866. 12 x 17.5cm. (23), 196 pages. Original clothbound hardcover with gilt lettering and gilt edges. Spine sunned, minor marks to boards and joint beginning to loosen but otherwise in very good condition. Inscribed with previous owner's name on half-title page. Stamp on front free endpaper. John Ruskin's "Sesame… Read more about this item
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London: George G. Harrap & Co.,, [1907]. An excellent example of a relievo-style binding, here presenting a later edition of Ruskin's two social lectures. This style had a revival in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and a variety of new techniques were developed for working the leather. Annie MacDonald, who inspired the creation of the Guild of… Read more about this item
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SESAME AND LILIES - THREE LECTURES - 1. OF KING'S TREASURIES 2. OF QUEEN'S GARDENS 3. OF THE MYSTERY OF LIFE.

SESAME AND LILIES - THREE LECTURES - 1. OF KING'S TREASURIES 2. OF QUEEN'S GARDENS 3. OF THE MYSTERY OF LIFE.

by John Ruskin

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New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1890. Third edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 5 x 7 inches. xli, 179 pages. Condition is Very Good; Leather scuffed at edges and corners, splitting at top 1 inch at top of spine, a few light pencil lines in the margins, binding is tight. STK
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Sesame and Lilies - Three Lectures

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by John Ruskin

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New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1888. Hardcover. Good. Hardcover book in good condition. Covers and spine show shelf wear. Questions welcome. We ship internationally from the United States and Canada every week. If buying internationally, please be aware that additional charges may apply for heavier books. We guarantee a safe, quick, and secure transaction. 10+ years in… Read more about this item
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Sesame and Lilies and The Political Economy of Art
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by John Ruskin

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UK: Collins, 1920. New Edition . Full-Leather. Very Good ++. 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. New Edition Circa 1920. Undated. A new edition of this classic novel with new illustrations by E Stuart Hardy. Bound in their original full leather bindings and gilt page edges. Book is very good++ and bright. Contents good. Small inscription… Read more about this item
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Sesame and Lilies.

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London: George Allen, 1893. The leading English art critic of the Victorian era, John Ruskin wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy. He was hugely influential in the latter half of the 19th century and up to the First World War. "Clouds, mountains, landscapes, towers, churches, trees, flowers and herbs… Read more about this item
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Sesame and lilies. (Antonio Dattilo Rubbo's copy with self-portrait)

Sesame and lilies. (Antonio Dattilo Rubbo's copy with self-portrait)

by RUSKIN, John (1819-1900); DATILLO RUBBO, Antonio (1870 - 1955)

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London : George Allen, 1901. Complete edition (fifty-second thousand). Octavo, gilt-lettered green cloth (edges rubbed), pp. xxxviii; 228, lacking the front free endpaper. Preliminary blank with large pencil signature 'A Datillo Rubbo) with a small pencil sketch being a self-portrait of the artist folding an artist's case. Sesame and lilies is comprised of two lectures delivered in December… Read more about this item
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Sesame and Lilies; Two lectures delivered at Manchester in 1864: 1, Of Kings' Treasuries; 2. Of Queens' Gardens.
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New York Wiley, 1866, hardcover. Sesame and Lilies" is 119 pages [issued and bound with] "An Inquiry into some of the conditions at present affecting 'The Study of Architecture' in our schools": New York, Wiley, 1866, 29 pages. -- Hardcover, blind-stamped brown cloth, ownership dated January 1866. -- Condition: good-plus (spine tips worn 1/4-inch; spine cloth faintly sunned; pastedowns… Read more about this item
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SESAME AND LILIES

SESAME AND LILIES

by John Ruskin

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New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1890. Hardcover. 188p plus 11p catalogue in back. A brick-red cloth hardcover book in very good condition. Edges minutely rubbed and spine a bit darkened. Signature on first blank page. Otherwise clean and tight. Three lectures, titled "Of Kings' Treasuries," "Of Queens' Gardens," and "Of the Mystery of Life." Reprint of the third… Read more about this item
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