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HOLMES, Oliver Wendell.

Over the Teacups.

Published: Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1891

Stock code: 102860

Price: £250

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First edition, first printing, second state with Over the Teacups priced at $1.50 on the advertisement opposite the title-page, binding variant A with yellow edges and teapot gilt-stamped to front board. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to “Mrs Cabot and Mrs Howes / With the affectionate regards of their often and deeply obliged friend / Oliver Wendell Holmes / November 10th 1890”. Despite the date in the imprint, the book was deposited on 5 November 1890 and the Bibliography of American Literature notes presentation copies as early as the 8th. Mrs Cabot is most probably Elisabeth, wife of philosopher James Elliot, who like Holmes was a prominent figure among the Boston intelligentsia of the late-19th century, for whom Holmes coined the term “Boston Brahmin”.

Octavo. Original olive-green cloth, titles to spine gilt, foliate roll to front board extending over spine gilt repeated on rear board in blind, titles and teapot vignette to front board gilt, all edges yellow. Housed in a custom half morocco slipcase and matching chemise. Spine very faintly sunned and a touch rubbed at head and foot, title page foxed. An excellent copy.

Bibliography: BAL 9027

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