Decorative Harvard Classics, Alumni Edition, S/5
This is an antique collection of 5 books from the rare limited and individually numbered set of the Alumni Edition of The Harvard Classics. The set is hand-cut and printed on rag paper, with gilt page tops. Each volume has a tissue-protect frontispiece and ornate title page.
The set, Volume 16 -Volume 20, is 9.75' across, 8.75" tall, and is 6" front to back.
16) The Thousand and One Nights
17) Folk-Lore and Fable. Aesop, Grimm, Andersen
18) Modern English Drama
19) Faust, Egmont Etc. Doctor Faustus, Goethe, Marlowe
20) The Divine Comedy: Dante
Published by P. F. Collier between 1909-1914, this rare edition makes a statement!
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The photo prop is not included.
In 1909, the President of Harvard University, Dr. Eliot, made claims that one could get a quality education by reading from a 5-foot shelf of classics for 15 minutes a day. Collier & Son challenged Dr. Eliot to create such a collection.