Antique Hardcover Book, The Choice of Books, Frederic Harrison, First Edition, Reading, Literature
A great antiquarian hard cover book called The Choice of Books and Other Literary Pieces by Frederic Harrison
The Choice of Books, and other Literary Pieces, by Frederic Harrison was first published in 1886 London by Macmillan and Co. The title essay of this volume is a discourse on Reading, its benefits and its perils. In the first section, ‘How to Read,’ an eloquent plea is made for the right of rejection; for the avoidance of books that one “comes across,” and even of the habit of one-sided reading. The essayist pleads that the choice of books “is really a choice of education, of a moral and intellectual ideal, of the whole duty of man.” He warns readers that pleasure in the reading of great books is a faculty to be acquired, not a natural gift,—at least not to those who are spoiled by our current education and habits of life. And he offers as a touchstone of taste and energy of mind, the names of certain immortal books. The second division is given to the ‘Poets of the Old World,’ the third to the ‘Poets of the Modern World,’ and the last to the ‘Misuse of Books.’ The essay is full of instruction and of warning, most agreeably offered. Fourteen other essays, partly critical, partly historical, fill the volume; the ablest and one of the most delightful among them being perhaps the famous paper, ‘A Few Words about the Eighteenth Century.’.
7¼ inches in length
5 inches in width
Published by Macmillan and Co. London -- 1886 -- First Edition
This book is in very good condition. The binding is tight. It has a bookplate on the inside front cover from a previous owner. There is some underlining in the book by pencil. It has rubbing on the top and bottom of the spine and the corners are also rubbed and bent. This book is approximately 130 years old.
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