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Breakfast Table Series

The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table, The Poet at the Breakfast Table, The Professor at the Breakfast Table

By Oliver Wendell Holmes

1890-1 - Edinburgh - David Douglas

5.5" by 4"; xlviii, 212pp; 256pp; 256pp; 267pp; viii, 260pp; 227pp

 


 

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The complete six volume set of Oliver Wendell Holmes' popular series.

Holmes gained international fame from his Breakfast-Table series. The table talk books attracted a wide audience due to their conversational style. Homes' intentions were to mimic the philosophical debates and pleasantries which occur around the breakfast table. The subjects discussed range from medicine to theology, society, democracy, science, the natural world as well as sex and gender.

The first of the breakfast-table series was The Autocrat. Following the popularity of the first two titles Holmes wrote The Poet At The Breakfast Table which was published many years later in 1872. The Autocrat was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly before being published in book form.

The Professor is the second of Holmes' breakfast-table series which take the form of one-sided dialogues with several characters at a New England boarding house. It was originally published in 1859. All that is known of the characters are their profession, location at the table as well as defining characteristics.

The Poet at the Breakfast Table was the final of Holmes' popular 'Breakfast-Table' works. Preceding The Poet was The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table and The Poet at The Breakfast Table. The Poet was published some time after the previous two titles, in the later stages of Holmes' career. It's tone is more mellow and nostalgic than The Professor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes was an American polymath based in Boston. He was a member of the Fireside Poets and was acclaimed as one of the best writers of his day.

CONDITION

In half calf bindings with paper covered boards. Externally, sound with slight rubbing to the joints and spines. Loss to the spine of The Professor volume I and backstrip is lifting. Front joint to The Professor Vol I has failed with the hinge weak and held by one cord only, may detach in postage. Rear hinge is slightly strained but firm. Front joint to The Poet volume II is tender with the hinges slightly strained but firm. Both joints to The Poet volume I have failed with the rear board detached and the front hinge tender, held by one cord only, may detach in postage. Loss to the spine of The Autocrat II, with the backstrip lifting. Front joint to The Autocrat II is starting but firm with the hinge slightly strained but firm after the endpapers. Front board to The Autocrat vol I has detached with the rear hinge slightly strained but firm. Prior owner's inscription to the recto of front endpaper of The Autocrat I, Agnes Harrison, Rockville July 1897. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are bright with the odd spot throughout. Overall: GOOD ONLY.


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