1872 4 v set Victorian Binding HALF HOURS BEST AUTHORS

1872 4 v set Victorian Binding HALF HOURS WITH BEST AUTHORS

Circa 1872 Four volume set, complete, in handsome decorated Victorian bindings -- HALF-HOURS WITH THE BEST AUTHORS, INCLUDING BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL NOTICES, editing and notes by Charles Knight. Charles Knight (1791–1873) was an influential Victorian English publisher and author, and this HALF-HOURS WITH THE BEST AUTHORS was one of his most popular creations. It’s a year’s worth of readings of poetry, nonfiction and fiction prose (each volume with 90 selections), taken from what the Victorians considered the “best” authors…. From Shakespeare and Milton to Thackeray, Dickens, Lord Byron and Coleridge. Each with a steel engraved frontis with a composite of portraits of some of the authors. Illustrated with 52 wood engravings by William Harvey…..

Four volume set, complete: HALF-HOURS WITH THE BEST AUTHORS. INCLUDING BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL NOTICES, editing and notes by Charles Knight, London: Frederick Warne & Co., Circa 1872. (Owner’s name on front endpaper is dated 1872). Is written 5 x 7.5 inches. Blue cloth covers with gilt lettering and decorations. Beveled edges. Spines lightly sunned. Cloth at head of spines is lightly chipped. Owner’s antique bookplate on front pastedowns. Owner’s name in antique script on front endpapers. Interior is clean and
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