The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The name appropriate to the highest faculty of man, and defined by Ruskin as "mental creation," in the exercise of which the human being discharges his highest function as a responsible being, "the defect of which on common minds it is the main use," says Ruskin, "of works of fiction, and of the drama, as far as possible, to supply."
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Imagination'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/i/imagination.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.