The Harvard Classics, Decorative Books for Shelves, S/5
This is a decorative 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 31 -Volume 35, is 9.75' across, 8.75" tall, and is 6" front to back.
31) Autobiography: Benvenuto, Cellini
32) Literary and Philosophical Essays: Montaigne, Sainte Beuve,
33) Voyages and Travels
34) Descartes, Voltaire, Rousseau, Hobbes
35) Chronicle and Romance: Froissart, Malory, Holinshed
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.