This is a very good small hardcover, no dust jacket. 1945 Riverside Press, Houghton Mifflin Publishing. This copy is very good inside and out. PLEASE NOTE: previous owners bookplate removed from inside front cover leaving scuffing (see photo) but no other writing or markings seen. No foxing. Pages inside are very clean with only very light natural tanning from age. The binding is tight and straight. Pale green cloth hardcover boards are also very good with only light shelf wear and one small spot to front cover. Only a hint of shelf wear to hardcover boards. This is a small hardcover designed to be a "carry-along" for reading anywhere, anytime. Crown octavo size or 5" x 7.5" with 577 pages.
This "thinker's anthology" contains passages from literature and speeches from a wide-array of topics which the authors chose from their lifetimes of reading. "An anthology has two ordinary functions: one is to spark our mental engine and start it turning over; the second is to send us to some of the great originals. The Practical Cogitator is capable of both of these and of a third equally vital: it sets the reader's mind off upon hunts of his own" - quoted from The Atlantic, Lucien Price Dec. 1945.
This book is unique in its own right and a wonderful addition for any readers enjoyment. You will find snippets from Darwin, Tolstoi, Shelley, Proust, Plato, Machiavelli, Einstein, Emerson, Austin and hundreds more and subjects from politics, science, morality, law, art, books and so much more.
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