The autocrat of the breakfast-table

Dublin Core

Title

The autocrat of the breakfast-table

Subject

Frontispieces (illustrations)
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894

Description

Beyond the sphere of poetry, the literary reputation of Oliver Wendell Holmes rests largely on the loosely connected series of essays, poems, and aphorisms which forms The autocrat of the breakfast-table. The essays were originally printed in issues of The Atlantic monthly, beginning in November 1857; this is a first edition of their appearance in book form. Three separate impressions of The autocrat were printed between November 12 and December 7, 1858, and, reputedly, some 20,000 copies sold during that period—half of them during the first three days following publication. The passage displayed here reprints Holmes’ own favorite of his poems, “The chambered nautilus.”

Abstract

Frontispiece of The autocrat of the breakfast-table, by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Creator

Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894

Publisher

Phillips, Sampson

Date Created

1858

Rights

The Boston Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in this collection. For use information, consult Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu

Access Rights

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Is Part Of

Holmes Collection (PS1964.A1 1858)

Format

image

Extent

1 frontispiece

Language

English

Type

still image

Identifier

DigID0002171

Provenance

Purchased for the Boston Medical Library, 1940

Files

http://stage.collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/file_upload/0002171_dref.jpg

Citation

Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894, “The autocrat of the breakfast-table,” OnView, accessed May 24, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6262.