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    Posted 3 years ago

    pw-collector
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    The latest addition to my "small book" collection is the 10 Volume Set of Four Minute Essays by Dr. Frank Crane.
    These are 1st edition books printed in 1919 by Wm. H. Wise & Co., Inc. New York & Chicago.
    Each volume measures 5-1/2" x 3-7/8".
    Volume 1 through 9 have 160 pages each & Volume 10 has 159 pages with the last 17 pages being an Index for all volumes.

    Dr. Frank Crane (1861–1928) was a Presbyterian minister, speaker, and columnist who wrote a set of ten volumes of "Four Minute Essays" which were published in 1919.

    Some quotations by Dr. Frank Crane:

    “Responsibility is the thing people dread the most of all. Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fiber.”
    Dr. Frank Crane

    “A friend is a person with whom you dare to be yourself.”
    Dr. Frank Crane

    “You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.”
    Dr. Frank Crane

    “Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them either. They keep you.”
    Dr. Frank Crane

    Dave

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    1. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      Thomas, from what I have read, although Dr. Crane spent 25 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church, he enjoyed the preaching part, but did not like all the politics in the church organization.
      From what I understand, it is not common to find his complete 10 volume set together. I guess I was lucky, as an estate sale down the road from me, had this set for $10.00, so I could not pass it up.
      Thanks for the comments & appreciation:
      Watchsearcher
      SpiritBear
      vetraio50
      Roycroftbooksfromme1
      Mrstyndall
      Brunswick
    2. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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    3. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      Thanks mikelv85 for the appreciation.
    4. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
      Was wondering if Roycroft did the binding and covers for these ..they did a lot of work for Wise & co. around then..under Hubbard Jr.. but couldn't find anything .. nice old set ...'-))

      https://books.google.com/books?id=9JlHAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA871&lpg=PA871&dq=Dr.+Frank+Crane+and+elbert+hubbard&source=bl&ots=ZBwQEVQ3G3&sig=ACfU3U2hB0C2kU09sag-G8Px_TxSepMprg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjszt7r56_hAhUCPN8KHV95CDUQ6AEwBXoECAMQAQ#v=onepage&q=Dr.%20Frank%20Crane%20and%20elbert%20hubbard&f=false
    5. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      Roycroftbooksfromme1,
      I believe you might be correct. I found this advertisement in 1924 Popular Science Magazine:
      Four-Minute Essays by Dr. Frank Crane, Now Only $10.00
      Free if You Act Now - Genuine Roycroft Hammered Copper Bookends
      would make since that these were offered by the binding company.

      https://books.google.com/books?id=FSkDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA15&lpg=PA15&dq=Binding+Company+for+Dr+Frank+Crane+Books&source=bl&ots=y81sJe1oLa&sig=ACfU3U0afa7B3gvtRkNKXz__6tmk9w-MFw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiVocnH8K_hAhUL7J8KHX10CkUQ6AEwEHoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=Binding%20Company%20for%20Dr%20Frank%20Crane%20Books&f=false

      Dave
    6. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
      Smiling ..Dave,..Roycrofts also did copper and furniture, jewelry they may have just got a small bite of the apply on this one rather then the big piece...smiling
    7. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the heads up on the bindings:
      Four-Minute Essays
      By Dr. Frank Crane
      Now Only $10.00
      Free If You Act Now
      Genuine Roycroft Hammered Copper Book Ends
      Craftsmen at the Roycroft Shops have designed hand hammered copper book ends especially for this set. They harmonize with the design and coloring of the bindings and keep the volumes at your finger tips for use when you have only four minutes to spare.

      Dave
    8. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
      now you just have to match the one's that sold with the books.. good luck Dave

      https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l1311.R2.TR2.TRC0.A0.H2.Xroycroft+bookends.TRS0&_nkw=roycroft+copper+bookends&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=0&_osacat=0&_odkw=roycroft+book
    9. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
      yougottahavestuff
      bobby725
    10. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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