Brown Harvard Classics Five-Foot Shelf of Books Decorative Collection, S/8
An 8 volume collection from The Harvard Classics in the early reddish brown color, published in 1909/1910.
New York: Collier & Son, 1909/10.
The set measures 11.25" across and is 8" tall.
Some wear and distress to exterior cover, spines, and corners of 1910 antique books as can be seen in the pictures.
Volume 5) Essays and English Traits: Emerson
Volume 9) Letters and Treatises of Cicero and Pliny
Volume 10) Wealth of Nations: Adam Smith
Volume 12) Plutarch's Lives
Volume 22) The Odyssey: Homer
Volume 23) Two Years Before the Mast. Dana
Volume 24) On the Sublime French Revolution Etc. Burke
Volume 41) English Poetry 2: Collins to Fitzgerald
In 1909, the President of Harvard University, Dr. Eliot made claims that one could get a quality education by reading from three-feet-shelf of classics for 15 minutes a day, later changing it to five feet. Collier & Son challenged Dr. Eliot to create such a collection, the first collection of which was published in 1909.