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John Ruskin John Ruskin
Spike Milligan's Copy, Inscribed
[MILLIGAN, Spike] HARRISON, Frederic

John Ruskin

London: MacMillan, 1903

8vo, pp. 216, 4pp. advertisements bound in at rear. Original red boards, lettered in gilt to spine. Top edge gilt. Spine ends split and worn, corners bumped, boards a little rubbed. Two ownership stamps to title page and final page of text.

First edition, fourth printing. SPIKE MILLIGAN'S COPY, WITH HIS NOTE TO FRONT FREE ENDPAPER: 'I actually got the original fireplace from his home in 54 Hunter Street, Bloomsbury -- alas, as always in my family this treasure was lost. 1975/6. Spike Milligan'.

John Ruskin was born at 54, Hunter Street on 8 February 1819. The street was demolished in the 1960s to make way for the Brunswick Centre development, so presumably the fireplace became available at that time. (Quite how you lose a fireplace, though, only Spike Milligan would be able to explain.)

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