This old work is "Ethics of the Dust: Ten Lectures to Little Housewives on the Elements of Crystallization" by John Ruskin and published by Hurst & Co. circa 1890s. We haven't read this one, but Paul Sawyer a Professor of Literature at Cornell University wrote the following: "The Ethics of the Dust (1866), Ruskin's first complete book on mythology, aims at several audiences and as a result has had none. It is composed of a set of conversations between a lecturer and some children at a boardingschool, which usually concern elementary lessons in mineralogy. According to the first preface, the book is simply a stimulus to young readers to study minerals, but the second preface clarifies the book's relation to Ruskin's moral thought in general and to his study of myths in The Queen of the Air. In other words, the book is a set of Socratic dialogues held in a republic of girls, in which the philosopher [242/243] constructs fables that describe the world less than they induce the state of childlike wonder that for Ruskin is the basis of all moral and religious apprehension. For Ruskin personally the book represents a fresh start, taking as its literal setting Winnington Academy, his "second home" in the early 1860S...Ruskin's technique in these dialogues is to preface his little scientific [244/245] lectures with puzzles or fables that induce an emotional response, usually wonder or disgust. For this reason, of course, the lessons must be dramatized in the book, not compressed for Ruskin's readers as a textbook."
This work is app. 6"x4" with 246 pages. This has cloth over hard-boards. This is in good condition overall with wear. There is corner, edge, spine wear and bumping. There is cloth wear at spine tips and edges and soiling to the covers and spine. The hinges are cracked, but the binding is tight and all pages intact. The book is complete with the exception of one missing blank page at the very beginning. A couple of pages in the notes at the back of the book have edge wear/foxing. There is tanning to the pages.