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In making the following selections, I have tried to avoid the appearance of such a volume as used to be
entitled Elegant Extracts. Wherever practicable, entire chapters or lectures are given, or at least passages of
sufficient length to insure a correct notion of the general complexion of Ruskin's work. The text is in all cases
that of the first editions, unless these were later revised by Ruskin himself. The original spelling and
punctuation are preserved, but a few minor changes have been made for the sake of uniformity among the
various extracts. For similar reasons, Ruskin's numbering of paragraphs is dispensed with.
I have aimed not to multiply notes. Practically all Ruskin's own annotation is given, with the exception of one
or two very long and somewhat irrelevant notes from Stones of Venice. It has not been deemed necessary to
give the dates of every painter or to explain every geographical reference. On the other hand, the sources of
most of the quotations are indicated. In the preparation of these notes, the magnificent library edition of
Messrs. Cook and Wedderburn has inevitably been of considerable assistance; but all their references have
been verified, many errors have been corrected, and much has of course been added.
In closing I wish to express my obligation to my former colleague, Dr. Lucius H. Holt, without whose assistance this volume would never have appeared. He wrote a number of the notes, including the short prefaces to the various selections, and prepared the manuscript for the printer.
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