Complete set of all 52 books, including the Lectures and Reading Guide. This is the 1959 edition with multi-colored volumes: red, blue, green, purple, burgundy. Textured flex boards with gilt lettering & spine decoration. A nice set. No extra charge for media mail shipping. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Harvard Classics (Five Foot Shelf of Books) ...
Publisher: P. F. Collier and Son Corporatio
Publication Date: 1937
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description P.F. Collier & Son, NY, 1909. Hard Cover. Condition: good+. Complete 50 vol. set of the Harvard Classics + Lectures & Reading guide all in good+ to vg condition. Veritas shield eps; interiors clean; b/w frontis with tissue guard in each vol.; a few vols. have faint soil to edges; 8" tall; wear to edges of green covers with blind stamped decor & shield on fronts & gilt lettering & decor on darkened spines; vols. 39 & 40 have scuffs to spines (No international shipping). Hardcover. Seller Inventory # 157487
Book Description P.F. Collier & Son Corporation, 1937. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Gemstone edition, featuring red, blue, green, and brown bindings. Lightly rubbed, top page ridges faintly foxed. 1937 Hard Cover. Fifty-two hardcover volumes -- vols. 1-50, plus the Lectures and Reading Guide. 8vo. Original bindings, gilt titles and decorations, blind-stamped Veritas seal and borders. The definitive Harvard Classics collection, also known as the Five-Foot Shelf of Books, is a monument to the world's great works of literature and history, and has been eagerly collected since it was first published in 1909. "The Harvard Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot that was first published in 1909. Eliot, then President of Harvard University, had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. (Originally he had said a three-foot shelf.) The publisher P.F. Collier and Son saw an opportunity, and challenged him to make good on this statement by selecting an appropriate collection of works; the Harvard Classics was the result. Eliot worked for one year together with William A. Neilson, a professor of English; Eliot determined the works to be included and Neilson selected the specific editions and wrote introductory notes. Each volume had 400 to 450 pages or so; and the included texts are "so far as possible, entire works or complete segments of the world's written legacies." INCLUDES: Vol. 1: FRANKLIN, WOOLMAN, PENN: His Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin; Journal, by John Woolman; Fruits of Solitude, by William Penn; Vol. 2. PLATO, EPICTETUS, MARCUS AURELIUS: The Apology, Ph. Seller Inventory # 2269851