Treasures from the Prose World by Prof. Frank McAlpine, 1884
If one had to buy a single Antique Book this might be a good choice since it covers a wide variety of subject matter and historically important authors with biographies. Hawthorne, Holmes, Swift, scientist Tyndall, an amazing letter byJefferson about Washington, early printing of Bret Harte Outcasts of Poker Flats and Poe's Eleonore and wonder of the atom.
Published by Elliott & Beezley, Chicago & Philadelphia,1884 first edition , sold by subscription only.
Used thick brown cloth hardbound 2"x6.5"x8";400pp with drawings of author (see photo Victor Hugo).
Condition:: fine with bumped edges.