The Professor at the Breakfast-Table;
with the Story of Iris.London: Sampson Low, Son & Co., 1860 Stock Code: 146269
In an exquisite embroidered bindingFirst UK edition, in a superb arts and crafts embroidered binding, matching its distinguished botanical provenance.
This copy bears the later pictorial bookplate of the rare books collector and philanthropist, Cornelius John Hauck (1893-1967), a Cincinnati businessman who referred to himself as "a gardener, first and foremost" (Libby Lackman, "Cornelius Hauck champions more parks", in The Cincinnati Enquirer, 12 May 1960, p. 14). During his tenure on the Cincinnati Park Board of which he was president from 1957 until his retirement in 1966, Hauck championed the development of more parks and urban greenery. He planted some 900 varieties of trees and shrubs on the grounds of his estates, now the Hauck Botanic Gardens and headquarters of the Cincinnati Horticultural Society.
The Professor at the Breakfast-Table was first published the same year in Boston by Ticknor and Fields, after beginning in serialized instalments in January 1859, and is the sequel to The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858).
Octavo (169 x 104 mm). Finely bound in later arts and crafts cream silk-covered boards, spine embroidered with floral designs, repeated with intertwined foliate design to front board in pink, green, yellow, and silver threads around a central medallion in blue and pink threads lettered and heightened in silver thread, frame of blue and silver threads to front board, pastel endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in a custom plush-lined blue quarter morocco box with titles and floral motifs repeated in gilt to spine.
Frayed around extremities and rear board, the design unaffected and bright, internally crisp; an attractive copy.
BAL 8791; Currier, A Bibliography of Oliver Wendell Holmes, pp. 88-89 (for the first US edition).
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