Mid century (later 1950s) hardcover book The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Published, printed Hurst & Co NY USA.
This hardcover book is complete | NO dust jacket.
About the author: Oliver Wendell Holmes was an American physician and Member of the Fireside Poets group based in Boston. Holmes was acclaimed by his peers as one of the best writers of the day. The "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with this book, are Holmes' most famous works.
About the book: Part of Holmes' famed "Breakfast Table Series" of fictional discussions, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table is a collection of essays written by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. that were originally published in The Atlantic Monthly from 1857 through 1858. The essays take the form of a chiefly one-sided dialogue between the author and other residents of a New England boarding house known only by their profession and location at the table. The topics discussed range from the unexpected benefits of old age to the finest place to build a home, to comments on the nature of conversation itself. The tone of the book is distinctly American ("Yankee") and takes a serio-comic approach to the subject matter. Each essay typically ends with a poem related to the theme of the essay. There are also poems ostensibly written by the fictional disputants scattered throughout.
Condition of book: In VERY GOOD! condition, the book has a fairly sturdy bind with NO! pages having separated but there is light cracking to the bind at the front and back overleaf pages. The spine is in excellent order with NO! breaks or frays. Internal pages show moderate foxing for newsprint of the period with all text clear and legible. A few pages have small tears and one a small pink mark. The green cloth covers show blemishes and spots of discoloration..
Approximate measurements: hardcover book measures 8-5/8" x 6" | Complete | NO! dust jacket.
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