New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers. 1872 - 1877. 16 volumes, complete. Text printed double column. Publisher's advertising insert to first volume. Illustrated by diverse artists, including the Americans Abbey, Frost, Nast, & Reinhart. 10" x 7". Original publisher's green highly decorative cloth with gilt stamped lettering & designs. Modest dusting to top edges; light shelf wear; occasional foxing/spotting to some volumes; prior owner's name to flyleaf of BR; hinges of some volumes slightly cracked or starting. Overall, a bright, VG set. Item #27723.3
This edition by Harpers modeled after the earlier Chapman & Hall/D. Appleton issue, but entirely reset by Harpers & utilizing many American artists to illustrate the works (cf. Gimbel D68).