Corners are typically bent; but you'll find very few here. In fact, nearly all volumes appear never to have been read. A fair number of the frontispiece pages show some foxing, but this is where it stops (see photos).
This foxing is due to the different paper used for the frontispieces; and it is more or less limited to very light foxing - vols. 17-23, and heavier foxing to roughly volumes 26-38 (though not all in this series have foxing).
Roughly 6 volumes were professionally repaired (please message me if you'd like to see photos of the repairs). There is very light toning common to older books; but it is typical and not noticeable.
THE SHELF OF FICTION IS IN VERY FINE CONDITION. There are minor bumps and light shelf-wear but the set remains in uncommon condition. THIS SET IS THE FINEST 1ST EDITION HARVARD CLASSICS SET THAT I'VE HAD FOR SALE AND IS PRICED ACCORDINGLY.NO MUSTY / NO SMOKY / NO FOUL ODORS. 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 and first published in 1909. The most comprehensive and well-researched anthology of all time. Covering every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century. Eliot, then President of Harvard University, put together an extraordinary library of "all the books needed for a real education". Eliot, the former Harvard president who edited the series, maintained that if one read just 15 minutes a day from the 51 volumes he assembled, it would constitute a good substitute for a liberal education to anyone who would read them with devotion. This honored encyclopedia of literature encompasses more than 2,000 years of the world's greatest poetry, drama, history, philosophy, scripture, and more. The full set brings together more than 1,850 works by over 300 masters of thought and letters, and includes Dr. Eliot's Reader's Guide and a General Index containing upwards of 18,000 entries. My purpose in selecting- The Harvard Classics was to provide the literary materials from which a careful and persistent reader might gain a fair view of the progress of man observing , recording, inventing, and imagining from the earliest historical times to the close of the nineteenth century. Within the limits of fifty volumes, containing about 22,000 pages, I was to provide the means of obtaining such a knowledge of ancient and modern literature as seems essential to the twentieth century idea of a cultivated man. The best acquisition of a cultivated man is a liberal frame of mind or way of thinking; but there must be added to that possession acquaintance with the prodigious store of recorded discoveries, experiences, and reflections which humanity in its intermittent and irregular progress from barbarism to civilization has acquired and laid up. From that store I proposed to make such a selection as any intellectually ambitious American family might use to advantage, even if their early opportunities of education had been scanty. His Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin. The Journal of John Woolman, by John Woolman (1774 and subsequent editions). Fruits of Solitude, by William Penn. The Apology, Phaedo, and Crito, by Plato. The Golden Sayings, by Epictetus.
The Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius. BACON, MILTON'S PROSE, THOS.Essays, Civil and Moral, and New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon. Areopagitica and Tractate of Education, by John Milton. Religio Medici, by Sir Thomas Browne. COMPLETE POEMS IN ENGLISH, MILTON. Complete poems written in English, by John Milton. ESSAYS AND ENGLISH TRAITS, EMERSON. Essays and English Traits, by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Poems and songs, by Robert Burns. The Confessions, by Saint Augustine. The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis. Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Furies, and Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus.
Oedipus the King and Antigone, by Sophocles. Hippolytus and The Bacchae, by Euripides.
LETTERS AND TREATISES OF CICERO AND PLINY. On Friendship, On Old Age, and letters, by Cicero.
Letters, by Pliny the Younger. WEALTH OF NATIONS, ADAM SMITH.
The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith. The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin. DON QUIXOTE, PART 1, CERVANTES.
Don Quixote, part 1, by Cervantes. PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, DONNE& HERBERT, BUNYAN, WALTON. The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan. The Lives of Donne and Herbert, by Izaak Walton. THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS.
Stories from the Thousand and One Nights. FOLKLORE AND FABLE, AESOP, GRIMM, ANDERSON.Children's and Household Tales, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen. All for Love, by John Dryden. The School for Scandal, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith. The Cenci, by Percy Bysshe Shelley. A Blot in the'Scutcheon, by Robert Browning.
Faust, part 1, Egmont, and Hermann and Dorothea, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri. TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST, DANA. Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. ON THE SUBLIME, FRENCH REVOLUTION, ETC.On the Sublime and Beautiful, Reflections on the French Revolution. A Letter to a Noble Lord. Autobiography and On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill. Characteristics, Inaugural Address at Edinburgh, and Sir Walter Scott, by Thomas Carlyle. Life is a Dream, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca.
Minna von Barnhelm, by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. William Tell, by Friedrich von Schiller. ENGLISH ESSAYS: SIDNEY TO MACAULAY. VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE, DARWIN.The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin. FARADAY, HELMHOLTZ, KELVIN, NEWCOMB, ETC.
The Forces of Matter and The Chemical History of a Candle, by Michael Faraday. On the Conservation of Force and Ice and Glaciers, by Hermann von Helmholtz. The Wave Theory of Light and The Tides, by Lord Kelvin. The Extent of the Universe, by Simon Newcomb.Geographical Evolution, by Sir Archibald Geikie. The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini. Essays, by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne. Montaigne and What is a Classic?
The Poetry of the Celtic Races, by Ernest Renan. The Education of the Human Race, by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.
Letters upon the Aesthetic Education of Man, by Friedrich von Schiller. Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals, by Immanuel Kant. Byron and Goethe, by Giuseppe Mazzini. An account of Egypt from The Histories, by Herodotus.
Sir Francis Drake Revived, by Philip Nichols. Sir Francis Drake's Famous Voyage Round the World, by Francis Pretty. Drake's Great Armada, by Captain Walter Bigges. Sir Humphrey Gilbert's Voyage to Newfoundland, by Edward Haies. The Discovery of Guiana, by Sir Walter Raleigh.
FRENCH AND ENGLISH PHILOSOPHERS, DESCARTES, VOLTAIRE, ROUSSEAU, HOBBES. Discourse on Method, by René Descartes. Letters on the English, by Voltaire. On the Inequality among Mankind and Profession of Faith of a Savoyard Vicar, by Jean Jacques Rousseau.Of Man, Being the First Part of Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes. CHRONICLE AND ROMANCE, FROISSART, MALORY, HOLINSHEAD. The Holy Grail, by Sir Thomas Malory.
A Description of Elizabethan England, by William Harrison. The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli. The Life of Sir Thomas More, by William Roper. Utopia, by Sir Thomas More. The Ninety-Five Theses, To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, and On the Freedom of a Christian, by Martin Luther.Some Thoughts Concerning Education, by John Locke. Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists, by George Berkeley. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, by David Hume. Journeys in Diverse Places, by Ambroise Paré.
On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, by William Harvey. The Three Original Publications on Vaccination Against Smallpox, by Edward Jenner. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever, by Oliver Wendell Holmes.On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery, by Joseph Lister. Scientific papers, by Louis Pasteur. Scientific papers, by Charles Lyell.
ENGLISH POETRY 1: CHAUCER TO GRAY. ENGLISH POETRY 2: COLLINS TO FITZGERALD.
ENGLISH POETRY 3: TENNYSON TO WHITMAN. Confucian: The sayings of Confucius. Hebrew: Job, Psalms, and Ecclesiastes.Christian I: Luke and Acts. Christian II: Corinthians I and II and hymns. Mohammedan: Chapters from the Koran. Edward the Second, by Christopher Marlowe. Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest, by William Shakespeare. The Shoemaker's Holiday, by Thomas Dekker. The Alchemist, by Ben Jonson. Philaster, by Beaumont and Fletcher. The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster. A New Way to Pay Old Debts, by Philip Massinger. THOUGHTS AND MINOR WORKS, PASCAL. Thoughts, letters, and minor works, by Blaise Pascal.
The Destruction of Dá Derga's Hostel. The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs. INTRODUCTION, READER'S GUIDE, INDEXES. The History of Tom Jones, part 1, by Henry Fielding. The History of Tom Jones, part 2, by Henry Fielding.
A Sentimental Journey, by Laurence Sterne. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott.
Vanity Fair, part 1, by William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair, part 2, by William Makepeace Thackeray. David Copperfield, part 1, by Charles Dickens.David Copperfield, part 2, by Charles Dickens. The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot. HAWTHORNE, IRVING, POE, BRET HARTE, MARK TWAIN, HALE. The Scarlet Letter and "Rappaccini's Daughter", by Nathaniel Hawthorne. "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", by Washington Irving. "Eleonora", "The Fall of the House of Usher", and "The Purloined Letter", by Edgar Allan Poe. "The Luck of Roaring Camp", "The Outcasts of Poker Flat", and "The Idyl of Red Gulch", by Francis Bret Harte.
"Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog", by Samuel L. "The Man Without a Country", by Edward Everett Hale. The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James.Notre Dame de Paris, by Victor Marie Hugo. BALZAC, SAND, DE MUSSET, DAUDET, DE MAUPASSANT. Old Goriot, by Honoré Balzac.
The Devil's Pool, by George Sand. The Story of a White Blackbird, by Alfred de Musset. "The Siege of Berlin", "The Last ClassThe Story of a Little Alsatian", "The Child Spy", "The Game of Billiards", and "The Bad Zouave", by Alphonse Daudet. "Walter Schnaffs Adventure" and "Two Friends", by Guy de Maupassant. Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, by Johann Wolfgang Goethe.
The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Johann Wolfgang Goethe. The Banner of the Upright Seven, by Gottfried Keller. The Rider on the White Horse, by Theodor Storm. Trials and Tribulations, by Theodor Fontane.
Anna Karenina, part 1, by Leo Tolstoy. Anna Karenina, part 2, and Ivan the Fool, by Leo Tolstoy. Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky. A House of Gentlefolk and Fathers and Children, by Ivan Turgenev. Pepita Jimenez, by Juan Valera.
A Happy Boy, by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. Skipper Worse, by Alexander L.
This collection would make an excellent gift and/or addition to any fine library. In addition to their shelf presence, antiquarian books make an excellent investment. Very Fine means the book is in the same immaculate condition as when it emerged from the bindery. There are no defects or marks, and the dust jacket (if it was issued with one) must be perfect and without any tears.In short, it is a copy that is close to perfect in every respect. It should be noted that in the real world, Very Fine books are relatively uncommon, and that most Antiquarian Booksellers use Fine as the highest condition grading. Fine is marginally less than perfect, and may designate a book that is still new, or a book that has been carefully read. The use of the term Fine (as compared to Near Fine or Very Good) often depends on when the book was published. A recent book should have no notable defects at all. But the dustjacket of a Fine older book may have a small closed tear, or be a little rubbed, even a bit worn at the edges. Such defects, if present, must be minor and should always be noted. Note also that a book may be new and unread, but it may have aged on the shelf to the point of being considered Near Fine or even Very Good.
Similarly a unique 200-year-old book might be viewed as "Fine", while a recent book in the exact same condition could only be described as "Very Good". Somewhere between Very Good and Fine.The distinction is usually in the eye of the bookseller and involves minor defects (which must be described). Near Fine is generally meant to inform the customer that the book's condition is excellent but "not quite Fine". Very Good can describe a used book that shows shelfwear and visible signs of having been read.
Its dustjacket may be rubbed, chipped, or even missing small pieces, but it should generally be clean and bright, depending on how old it is. The book should always be clean and tight, and the overall appearance should be of a desirable copy. A very old book may show some foxing. The description of a Very Good book ought to include all notable flaws. Good describes the average used and worn book that has all pages or leaves present.A Good book may be cocked, have loose joints, and be missing a dustjacket. But it must be complete, clean, and worth keeping. Its value will be a fraction of a Fine copy, unless it is very scarce. The item "Harvard Classics + Shelf Of Fiction Collection Rare VERY FINE CONDITION" is in sale since Monday, April 1, 2019. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible".
The seller is "rarehobbs" and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped to United States.