BEAUTIFULLY BOUND SET OF OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES WORKS
HOLMES, Oliver Wendell. Works. Thirteen volumes. WITH: MORSE, John T. Life and Letters. Two volumes. Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1892-96. Together, fifteen volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter blue-green morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut and mostly unopened. $1900.
“Artist’s” edition, number 633 of 750 sets, illustrated with hand-colored frontispieces in each volume and steel-engraved portraits and photogravures throughout.
Father of the celebrated jurist of the same name, Holmes (1809-94) “reigned supreme in Boston society and club life and became the unofficial poet laureate of all important gatherings in the intellectual “hub of the Universe” (Hart, 176). With his poems, essays, novels, and short stories, including The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table and the three “medicated” novels. BAL 9214. Bookplates.
Very faint dampstaining in Volume XI. A beautiful set.