Hard Cover. New York and Boston: C. T. Brainard Publishing Co., 1900. Near Fine.
Deluxe edition, limited issue of 1,000 copies printed for subscribers, this copy being out of series and unnumbered. Finely bound by Brentano's in three-quarter contemporary-style dark blue morocco ruled in gilt and light blue cloth, five raised bands to spine, stamped in gilt to spine, pale gray endpapers, top edges gilt. A near fine copy with spine faded to brown and very slightly cracking, a touch of shelf-wear to bottom edge. Overall, a beautiful copy. Originally published as a second volume to Essays of Elia, Lamb's Last Essays of Elia contains more short essays inspired by his own life. Like his first book of essays, this collection was commended for its conversational, familiar tone, and helped to solidify Lamb's place in literature. This volume also contains Mrs. Leicester's School, a collection of short pieces in autobiographical style, from the point of view of young girls telling stories about their daily lives. Notably, many of the short pieces in Mrs. Leicester's School were written by Charles Lamb's sister, Mary, also a prolific author.