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A collection of self improvement/personal development books from the late 19th century, published in 1883 or earlier. There are Amazon affiliate links on this page.

A True Friend

I have no information on the author or publisher of this book as the relevant pages are missing from my copy. It seems to be somewhat plagiarized from "The Royal Path of Life".

Getting on in the World

or

Hints on Success in Life

by

William Matthews, LL. D.

Chicago

S. C. Griggs and Company

1875

This one was written as more of a piece of literature, not so much from experience. My oldest success book.

Happy Homes

And the Hearts that Make Them

or

Thrifty People and why they Thrive

by

Samuel Smiles

Carefully Revised with additional matter by

Chas. A. Gaskell, A. M.

Chicago

U.S. Publishing House

1882

This book basically covers how to be successful in every area of life.

The Imperial Highway

by Jerome Paine Bates, A. M.

Chicago

George W. Borland & Co.

1881

This book has three sections, about success in business, family and social life, and eternal life. It, like nearly all similar books of the era, is written from a Christian perspective.

On The Road to Riches

Practical Hints

for

Clerks and Young Business Men

by

William H. Maher

Chicago

J. Fred Waggoner

1882

This book has stories and how-to for all the things that clerks and businessmen do, from bookwork to drumming up customers.

Paths to Wealth

John D. Knox

1883

One of my favorite old books! Very well written, and covers about everything related to successful living.

Successful Men of To-Day

And What They Say of Success

Wilbur F. Crafts

New York

Funk & Wagnalls

1883

Lots of historical facts and figures in this book, and the author is pretty opinionated. Written by one of the men who shaped America!

Worth and Wealth

Or the Art of 

Getting, Saving, and Using Money

T. L. Haines, A. M.

Chicago

Haines Brothers

1883

This book is pretty easy to find a copy of and is one of the finest books written on the subject in it's time. Well worth reading even today.