JOHN THOMAS HOBBS
adventurer
From John Ruskin's Valet to Pioneer Australian Settler
By Paul Dawson

The fascinating story of John Hobbs, who as a young man was employed as Ruskin's valet and travelled with him several times in the 1840s and 50s when his role extended to companion, secretary, draughtsman and image maker with Ruskin's Daguerreotype camera, thus making him one of the earliest Englishmen to use this equipment. The story begins with Hobbs' journeys and association with Ruskin, and contains a great deal of previously obscure or unpublished information.

Hobbs left Ruskin's employ upon marriage and migrated to Australia and faced many adventures as an early pioneer settler, farmer, prospector and land agent, enduring personal tragedy and hardships along the way before his effort and determination eventually gave him his respected place in Australia's history and the development of New South Wales.

 

John Thomas Hobbs - adventurer

Oxenbridge Press, 2100.

A5 Paperback, 80 pages with illustrations in the text.

Price £5

Postage in the UK £1.
Airmail to Australia or USA £3.50
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Paul Dawson, 1 Brookside Cottages, Etchingham TN19 7AA

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THE PEOPLE'S RUSKIN 
The George Allen Editions of the Reprinted Works of John Ruskin: 
A collector's guide to the cheap editions 1892-1914 
By Paul Dawson

The George Allen reprints of John Ruskin's works have for some years been the popular choice of many new Ruskin readers, as well as having a place on the shelves of established collectors. Few have appreciated the importance of these editions in making Ruskin's writings available to the rising readership of the late nineteenth century ~ who until then had found the price of his works prohibitive ~ and the part George Allen played in meeting the demand for the resurgence in interest following Ruskin's death in 1900.

Even seasoned readers have found difficulty in establishing the extent and range on titles published between 1882 and the demise of George Allen & Sons in 1913.

Here, in one easy to follow reference work, are listed all the titles and publication dates of The Uniform Edition, The Pocket Edition and the World's Classics Edition, along with information on some of the smaller gift and presentation editions of that period.

This book is an essential guide for anyone interested in John Ruskin, George Allen, and nineteenth century publishing.

 

The People's Ruskin

Oxenbridge Press, 1999.

Oversize A5 Paperback, 60 pages with illustrations in the text.

Price £5

Postage in the UK £1.
Airmail to Australia or USA £3.50
For other countries, please enquire.

Available from
Paul Dawson, 1 Brookside Cottages, Etchingham TN19 7AA

Cheques to be made payable to
P. Dawson
or
Order online with Paypal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.