LITTLE CLASSICS. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood, & Co., (vols. 1-6: 1875; 7-12: 1876; others n. d. [circa 1880]). 12mo, 14 volumes, original green or red cloth (volumes 5 and 6 are in red cloth, the remainder are in green cloth) stamped in black and gold. A mixed set, mostly early reprints. A complete run of all the volumes collecting the short fiction, including the two volumes published by Houghton Mifflin around 1880 as a continuation of the series: HUMANITY, a story collection, and AUTHORS, an index of the contents of the full 18-volume series plus biographical cameos of all the authors represented in it. An important early American anthology series, each volume based around certain themes (Exile, Intellect, Tragedy, Life, Laughter, Love, Romance, Mystery, Comedy, Childhood, Heroism, Fortune and Humanity). Four other volumes (not present here) featured poetry (3 volumes) and nature writing. Thus, the present offering includes all the fiction published in the series. The thematic divisions are somewhat arbitrary and even misleading. Most of the contents of INTELLECT, for instance, were supernatural tales, including "The House and the Brain" by E. Bulwer Lytton, "D'Outre Mort" by Harriet Prescott Spofford, "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "The Captain's Story" by Rebecca Haring Davis, the latter termed "excellent" by Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 924. This was a popular series and the books were reprinted many times. Bleiler (1978), p. 110. Reginald 07930. Early ownership signatures (dated Christmas 1875) at top of title pages of most volumes, cloth a bit worn on some, a sound, good to very good set overall. (#135555).
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