1896. Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, -1914.
20 volumes, 8vo., xix, -444; xxxv, -440; [viii], -430; [vii], -460; [viii], -482; [viii], -460; [viii], -488; [viii], -483; x, -474; [viii], -447; [viii], -445; [xi], -441; [vii], -327; [vii], -331; [viii], -382; [viii], -381; [viii], -355; [viii], -363; xxvi, -433; xxvii, -432 pp., with 128 photogravure plates including frontispieces, and title vignettes, with captioned tissue guards. Modern quarter blue morocco and marbled paper boards, five raised bands lettered and hand tooled in gilt, top edge gilt, other edges uncut. A very fine set.
§ The Standard Library Edition, handsomely bound and in fine condition. A very attractive collector's set of all Harte's major and minor stories, poems, and other magazine contributions, including Luck of Roaring Camp; Tales of the Argonauts; Gabriel Conroy; A Waif of the Plains, etc. Volume XX (Stories and Poems), published separately in 1914, is present. The volumes are illustrated with 129 photogravure plates, including frontispieces, two double-page maps and 20 pictorial extra-engraved title pages. The artists chosen include Mary Hallock Foote, Eric Pape, J. M. Flagg, Frederic Remington, E. Boyd Smith, Charles M. Russell, Guy Rose, and others.
Bret Harte began his writing career as a journalist, poet, and short story writer in California, documenting the facts and fictions of the gold rush days. His reputation as a leading nineteenth century American man of letters was firmly established by the publication of his immensely successful collection, The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches (1870). His career took him eastwards in later life and he eventually died in England in 1902. BAL 7384. Item #108378