Hard Cover. New York and Boston: The Lamb Publishing Company and C. T. Brainard Publishing Co., 1900. Very Good.
Two volumes. Deluxe edition, limited issue of 1,000 copies printed for subscribers, this set 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 very good set, spines faded to brown and with some light rubbing to hinges, cloth rippling to front board of volume I, a touch of offsetting to endpapers. Widely acknowledged as being essential to the understanding of Charles Lamb's writings, the author's letters to other literary figures of his time shed light on his own work and Romantic literature. Written between 1796 and 1826, the recipients of the letters include Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, and William Wordsworth. Interestingly, when his letters were first published, they were heavily edited because many of them referred to the ongoing mental health struggles that his sister Mary, also an author, was experiencing. It was not until after her death that the letters could be published in their original, uncensored form.