The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson; Finely Bound
The Essays of Emerson.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo.$750.00
Item Number: 70023
London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1899.
Quarto, 2 volumes, bound in full morocco, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.
Other Books by this Author
"TRUST THYSELF: EVERY HEART VIBRATES TO THAT IRON STRING": FIRST EDITION OF EMERSONS ESSAYS: SECOND SERIES
Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1844.
First edition, first printing. Octavo, original brown cloth. Benjamin Seaver’s copy, with his contemporary signature to the front free endpaper. Seaver was the thirteenth mayor of Boston, Massachusetts.
“THERE is a mystery in the soul of state Which hath an operation more divine Than breath or pen can give expression to”: First Edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Fortune of the Republic; Inscribed by Him to Elizabeth Peabody
Boston: Osgood, 1879.
First edition. Octavo, original publishers cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Miss E.P. Peabody from R.W.E.” The recipient Elizabeth Palmer Peabody was a close friend of Emerson’s, who tutored Peabody in Greek and were both integral contributors to the Transcendental Movement. She was an American educator who opened the first English-language kindergarten in the United States. She also served as the translator for the first English version of a Buddhist scripture which was published in 1844. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"O come, then, quickly come! We are budding, we are blowing; And the wind that we perfume Sings a tune that's worth the knowing": First Edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's poems; Inscribed by Him
Boston: James Munroe & Co, 1847.
First edition with four pages of publisher’s ads dated January 1, 1847 bound before the title of this collection of poems. Octavo, bound in publisher’s boards covered in coated ivory-colored paper, with publisher’s label on spine. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “Elizabeth Burgess with the best wishes of R.W.E. 1 Jan. 1847.” In very good condition with some wear to the binding. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed by Emerson in the year of publication.
Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1903.
Autograph Centenary edition with a double sided manuscript in Emerson’s hand bound into volume one. Octavo, 12 volumes, bound in original cloth. One of 600 copies. Numerous mounted photogravure illustrations. Manuscript page begins: Will any one question the uses of an aristocracy? Not whilst there is any remainder of the substance in the form. For the name is a verdict. The noble ennobles. That is his use. Can there be any greater?”Introduction and notes by Edward Waldo Emerson. In near fine condition. A nice example of this set.
Carte-de-visite of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Boldly signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson below the photograph. In near fine condition. Matted and framed. Rare.
First Editions of Each Book in Andrew Lang's Fairy Books; Each Bound Uniformly by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
The Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) [with The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905)].
London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1889-1910.
First editions of each volume in Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) (12 volumes), along with eight of his other works: The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905). Bound in full leather by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, each volume with a different motif to the front and rear panel, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, book marks. Each volume bound with the original cloth spine and front panel. With numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford. In near fine condition with a few volumes with some light cracking at the hinges. An exceptional set bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
Philadelphia: C. Sherman, 5605, 1845-46.
First edition of the “first English translation of the Pentateuch in America,” the 1845 Hebrew-English Bible by one of the most prominent and influential figures in American Jewish history. Octavo, 5 volumes. Translated by Isaac Leeser. Bound in contemporary polished calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, rebacked. Lightly rubbed, moderate wear. A very nice example of a scarce and important work.
The Works of Washington Irving: The Autograph Edition [The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Rip Van Winkle].
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1895–97.
The Works of Washington Irving: The Author’s Autograph edition. Octavo, bound in the publisher’s three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, with one folding map and two folding charts. One of 500 sets, this set contains a page of original manuscript by Irving and an autograph note signed, both tipped in to volume one of The Alhambra. The manuscript leaf is page 216 of The Alhambra manuscript, with several deletions and corrections in ink. In the autograph note, signed “Washington Irving” and dated “Tuesday May 1,” the author regrets not being able to accept an invitation as he is dining with “Mr. Murray”. In near fine condition with light wear. A very nice set.
The Works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Albans, and Lord High Chancellor of England.
London: J. Johnson, 1803.
Large octavo, 10 volumes. Bound in full contemporary calf. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, edges speckled. Frontispiece of Francis Bacon in volume one. With the early armorial bookplate of J. Lawson Whalley and the modern bookplate of Elmer Holmes Bopst, namesake of New York University’s Bopst Library. In very good condition.