Serio-comic conversations at a New England boarding house. One of Holmes (SR.) most popular works. Green leather on spine and points with gold embossed edges, light blue cloth. Spine has five raised gold embossed bands, title in gold. The year 1858 is printed at the tail of the spine. This is the original year of publication. Front board is soiled; cloth on both boards has light spots. Front of book includes a list of 'works of permanent value'. This page is heavily stained. Erased signature on next blank. Some light pencil marking to text. Six black and white illustrations, the tissue is missing on a couple. Binding is tight. 373p. including index, followed by another list of 'valuable books'.