Title
MS IIIA
Location
Yale (in slipcase Harry & Lucy, Poems &c ).
Provenance
Sotheby’s 1930..(described only in a footnote as "another similar red book contain[ing] the remainder of 'Harry and Lucy,' and some more notes of sermons" which Collingwood omitted from the "Note" because it contains no poetry.
Description
Red Book; 9.8 × 15.2 cm; 38 leaves (counting from Yaleʼs bookplate, and including final leaf or endpaper, which has been partially glued to back board), of which 2r–15r numbered by Ruskin as pp. 1–29; watermark 1823. The leaf 31r–v has been attached to 30v with tape, and a stub along the inside margin of 31v shows that a leaf has been torn out. Following 31v, the gathering 32r–37v is loose and could be missing outermost leaves. The inside front board is blank except for Yaleʼs bookplate and, unlike the other Red Books in the slipcase Harry & Lucy, does not have glued or tipped in a brief description of the notebook penned by Wedderburn(?) with a clipping from PJR. MS IIIA was never described by the earlier editors, however, neither in PJR nor in Works. Wedderburn, or whoever was responsible for slipcasing the juvenilia, was evidently content to include MS IIIA in the Harry and Lucy slipcase, where it logically belonged. Title page (1r): HARRY AND LUCY / CONCLUDED / BEING / THE LAST PART / OF / EARLY LESSONS / BY / JOHN RUSKIN/ IN FOUR VOLUMES / VOL III / HERNHILL / DULWICH. On back of the title page (1v), Ruskin imitated a printed page of ERRATA. Unlike the Harry and Lucy narratives in MS I and III, this volume of the tale is written entirely in ink; however, this volume contains no plates, for which pencil had been reserved in MS III, even when the text was ink. Later in MS IIIA, the mineralogy notes and sermon draft are written in pencil. The pages following Harry and Lucy that are blank except for Ruskin's page numbering (pp. 10–29) must have been intended for the continuation of the narrative, since Ruskin prepared the pages in the same way as pp. 1–9—i.e., with verticle rules in pencil near the inside and outside margins, serving as guides to justify Ruskinʼs printing. Viljoen misdated MS IIIA as autumn 1828, 1829-30, 1832. The mineralogy notes, no. 172, are presumably no earlier than the note on payment for the Homer and for mineralogy articles, which precedes the notes written from the end of the volume. Payment for Homer must refer to translating the Iliad (no. 160a) in late February 1832: But Homer! I am happy to inform you, sir, that I have translated about 550 lines of the first book. . . . These however I do suppose are news to you extremely unwelcome—unwelcome owing to what John James will have to pay (letter of 27 February 1832 [Burd, ed., Ruskin Family Letters 268–69]). The following mineralogy notes were entered considerably later, I believe, probably after December 1832 (see note to no. 172). Finally, following the mineralogical notes, the rough draft of the eighteenth Sermon on the Pentateuch could have been entered anytime in 1833 after sermons VIII-X were drafted early in that year (see nos. 174-75).
Collation
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Contents
Forward from front of book: a) Following title page (1r), a list of errata (1v). b) Vol. 3 of Harry and Lucy, no. 32 (pp. 1–9 [2r–6r]). The end of the narrative (pp. 7–9 [5r–6r]), is nearly identical to its draft in MS II. The fair‐copy text is broken off in the middle of a sentence. c) Blank pp. 10–11 (6v–7r), presumably left open for continuation of Harry and Lucy, never completed. d) Mineralogy notes, no. 172 (pp. 12–15 [7v–9r]), later composed on pp. originally set aside for continuation of Harry and Lucy. These notes appear roughly contemporaneous with j below. e) Blank, 9v–24v (9v–15r numbered by Ruskin pp. 16–29, and 15v–23v left completely blank). f) List of minerals keyed to numbers of unknown significance (24r). g) Blank, 24v–25r. Forward from back of book: h) Mineral list, no. 186 (38r). i) List of payments to Ruskin by John James (37v): s. d To 80 Lines composition. 0 4 To 8. min. articles. 0 8 To 2. Pages homer 2. 0 _______ 3. 0 To 2 ditto 2. 0 Lent 2. 6 _______ Paid 1. 6 Presumably, the total paid is crossed out, because Ruskin had short-changed himself a shilling. According to no. 148, Ruskin was getting a halfpenny per line for his greek in late 1831 and early 1832, presumably for his translation of the Iliad (see no. 160a). It is not clear what lines he is counting, but 24 lines to earn a shilling for a page appears a likely equation. From this sum, we also discover that a mineralogical article earned a penny, and, at least at this time, poetry composition was paid a farthing per five lines of poetry (see no. 91). j) Mineralology notes (36v, 35v, 34v), no. 172. These notes alternate with blank pages (37r, 36r, 35r, 34r; 37r contains a few words). k) Draft of sermon 18, no. 182 (32v, 31v, 30v, 29v, 28v, 27v, 26v, 25v). As in j, the draft pages alternate with blank pages (32r, 30r, 29r, 28r, 27r, 26r). l) Pen and ink sketch of group of trees on an outcropping of rock (31r, undatable). From front of book, the sequential order of contents:
  • Item belonging to Group A.
  • First item belonging to Group B.
  • Second item belonging to Group B.
  • Third item belonging to Group B.
  • Item belonging to Group C.
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Date
Date of composition December 1828; 1833-34.
Discussion
Hand
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Composition & Sources
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Domestic Scene
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