Chicago: William Benton, Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., 1952. Private Library Edition. Brown faux leather with titling in gilt on the spine, blocked by black, green, blue and brown title panels. Additional shipping costs may be required. 6.13" x 9.25", pp. ranging from 125 - 275. Includes original period bookcase which houses all 54 Vols. Original maple bookcase is in Good+ condition with inevitable scratches, nicks and rubs. Five of the volumes have chips at ends of spine or early cracking, rest of the volumes are fine, clean, unmarked. These books are Britannica's answer to the Harvard Classics. They deliver a broad, comprehensive liberal education of the greatest thinkers in recorded history, sure to educate any free thinking person. A sampling of the authors include: Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles , Euripides, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, Aristotle, Hippocrates, Euclid & Marcus Aurelius, Virgil, Plutarch, Ptolemy & Nicolaus Copernicus & Johannes Kepler, Thomas Aquinas, Dante Alighieri, Geoffrey Chaucer, Niccolò Machiavelli & Thomas Hobbes, William Shakespeare, Galileo Galilei, Miguel de Cervantes, Sir Francis Bacon, René Descartes & Benedict de Spinoza, Newton & Huygens, Locke & Berkley & Hume, Swift & Sterne, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Adam Smith,Kant, American State Papers & Federalist & J S Mill, Hegal, Goethe, Melville, Darwin, Marx, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Frued. VG - Fine / not issued. Item #1324
"These books are the means of understanding our society and ourselves. They contain the great ideas that dominate us without our knowing it. There is no comparable repository of our tradition." (p 2, Vol.1).