The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
1891, two volumes in a nice half-leather binding
Author's edition. Two volumes (complete). Rebound in half-leather with marbled boards. Five raised bands and leather title label to spine. Each 13.5 × 9cm, xlviii + 212pp & 256pp.
A collection of essays first published in 1858. The essays take the form of a chiefly one-sided dialogue between the unnamed Author and the other residents of a New England boarding house who are known only by their profession, location at the table or other defining characteristics. The topics discussed range from an essay on the unexpected benefits of old age to the finest place to site a dwelling and comments on the nature of conversation itself. The tone of the book is distinctly Yankee and takes a seriocomic approach to the subject matter.
An attractive set. Both volumes have light wear to the leather but in essentially good, solid condition with secure binding. There is some foxing to each book but the text is nice and clear. Previous owner's gift inscription to each.