Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin & Co. / The Riverside Press, 1895. George Wharton Edwards & F. Hopkinson Smith. First Edition Thus Illustrated. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. 8vo (7 7/8" x 5 1/8"), original half light vellum-colored cloth with gold lettering on spine and Art Nouveau leaf motives over tan boards with a golden sickle cutting plants wrapped around an hour glass; decorative title page with oval portrait of the author facing; then, a two-page facsimile of a letter about the poem by the author; handsomely illustrated by George Wharton Edwards & F. Hopkinson Smith with 20 B&W elaborate Art Nouveau illustrations (that include several full-page reproductions of photogravures taken from photographs); top page edges gilt; , 50, [iv] leaves printed on one side of thick glossy stock. [i.e., 110 pages]. Very Good + / None. Item #5749
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809 – 1894) was an American physician, poet, and polymath based in Boston. A member of the Fireside Poets, he was acclaimed as one of the best writers of the day. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858). He was also a medical reformer, physician, professor, lecturer and inventor who had also been trained in the law.
His acute and sensitive observations inform one of Holmes's best known poems: "THE LAST LEAF"—which was published when he was a young adult.
VERY GOOD & GIFT-WORTHY EDITION of this sumptuously illustrated and bound reprint of Holmes' memorable classic. Tight copy with minimal wear; bright cover gilt and decorations; and clean, bright, unfoxed illustrations. Spine slightly browned and its gilt faded Slight browning to endpapers.