Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction, Antique Blue Decorative Books, S/20
The complete First Edition 20-volume collection of The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction in the early flexible hardcover blue binding published in 1917! New York: Collier & Son, 1917.
The set measures 29.5" across, 8.25" tall, and is 5.75" front to back with gold page tops, an embossed shield on the front cover, and gold embellishments and lettering on the spine.
As these are well over 100 years old, they have a small amount of age-related cover wear on some volumes as can be seen in the pictures.
Volume 1 HENRY FIELDING 1
Volume 2 HENRY FIELDING 2
Volume 3 LAURENCE STERN, JANE AUSTEN
Volume 4 SIR WALTER SCOTT
Volume 5 WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY
Volume 6 WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY
Volume 7 CHARLES DICKENS 1
Volume 8 CHARLES DICKENS 2
Volume 9 GEORGE ELIOT
Volume 10 HAWTHORNE, IRVING, POE, BRET HARTE, MARK TWAIN, HALE
Volume 11 HENRY JAMES, JR
Volume 12 VICTOR HUGO
Volume 13 BALZAC, DE MAUSSET, SAND, DE MAUPASSANT
Volume 14 JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Volume 15 GOETHE, KELLER, STORM, FONTANE
Volume 16 LEO NIKOLAEVITCH TOLSTOY
Volume 17 LEO NIKOLAEVITCH TOLSTOY
Volume 18 FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY
Volume 19 IVAN TURGENEV
Volume 20 VALERA BJORNSON KIELLAND
In 1909, the President of Harvard University, Dr. Eliot made claims that one could get a quality education by reading from a 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. This is the fiction part of the series as published in 1917.