Book Id: 51504 The chambered nautilus. Autograph manuscript signed of an excerpt from the poem, framed together with Holmes's bookplate and engraved portrait. Oliver Wendell Holmes.

The chambered nautilus. Autograph manuscript signed of an excerpt from the poem, framed together with Holmes's bookplate and engraved portrait

Publisher Information: Boston: 1875.

Holmes, Oliver Wendell (1809-94). Autograph verses from “The Chambered Nautilus,” signed. 1 sheet. Boston, 9 December 1875. Lightly creased vertically. Framed with: Holmes. Engraved portrait by J. A. J. Wilcox (1835-1913), signed by Holmes in the plate. N.p., n.d. [ca. 1870]. And: Holmes. An example of his “Chambered Nautilus” bookplate. N.p., n.d. [after 1858]. Together 3 items, framed; frame measures 335 x 366 mm. Fine.

A fine example of Holmes’s autograph, giving the final seven verses of his famous 1858 poem, “The Chambered Nautilus”:

Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,

As the swift seasons roll!

Leave thy low-vaulted past!

Let each new temple, nobler than the last,

Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,

Till thou at last art free

Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!

Holmes was the first to definitely establish the contagious nature of puerperal fever in his celebrated paper of the same name (1842); see Garrison-Morton.com 6274, Printing and the Mind of Man 316a and the Grolier Club’s 100 Books Famous in Medicine, no. 72b.

Book Id: 51504

Price: $1,500.00

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