"To go into solitude, man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society": First edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature which established the principles of Transcendentalism
Emerson, Ralph Waldo.$5,800.00
Item Number: 95308
Boston: James Monroe and Company, 1836.
Scarce first edition of Emerson’s important anonymously published essay collection which established the principles of Transcendentalism. Octavo, original blind-stamped cloth with gilt title to the front panel. In very good condition. A previous owner has inscribed Emerson’s name to the title page. Scarce and desirable.
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 disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures delivered throughout the United States. When it first appeared in 1836, Nature was “both welcomed and damned as the first clear blast on New England’s Transcendental horn” (DAB III:136), expressing in print for the first time the new philosophy’s belief in the purity of nature and its power as a source of divine strength. Second state with page 94 correctly numbered.
Other Books by this Author
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.
"Meantime, it happens to my mortification that painters are just now making a desolation of my house": Rare autograph letter written and signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Autographed letter handwritten and signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. One page, folded and written on both the front and back of the page. The letter reads, “Concord Tuesday Morning 28 June My Dear Sir, I am very happy to hear that my greeting from Miss de Quincey is on its way to me: and I am glad to know that yourself, of whom I had already heard will be the bearer. Meantime, it happens to my mortification that painters are just now making a desolation of my house. Tomorrow my plight will be no better. I think I will come & see you tomorrow afternoon, & we will consent on the best time for me to show you our Concord meadows. I will look for you at the Revere House tomorrow mid-day at 5 1/2 o’ clock in which good hope I am yours respectfully, R.W. Emerson N. Pinder, Esq.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed with a portrait of Emerson. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 20 inches, with an opening in the back of the frame to view the verso of the letter.
Autographed letter signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The letter reads, “Concord 8 Feb. 1864 Dear Mrs. Botter, In obedience to your request send to me through my daughter, I enclose this paper. yours faithfully, R.W. Emerson.” Double matted and framed with a photograph of Emerson. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 17.5 inches. A very attractive piece.
Carte-de-visite of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Boldly signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson below the photograph. In near fine condition. Matted and framed. Rare.
"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.
"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.
THE LIMITED AUTOGRAPH CENTENARY EDITION OF THE WORKS OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON: FINELY BOUND WITH AN ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF EMERSON
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 three quarters contemporary morocco over marbled boards, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. One of 600 copies. Numerous mounted photogravure illustrations. Preface and notes by Edward Waldo Emerson. In near fine condition. A very sharp example of this set.
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1903-1915.
The Centenary edition of the works of Emerson. Octavo, 13 volumes, bound in three quarters contemporary morocco over cloth, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece to various titles. With the O.W. Firkins biography on Emerson. In very good condition.
"So near is grandeur to our dust, So nigh is God to man, When duty whispers low, Thou must, The youth replies, I can": Autographed Signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Autographed sentiment signed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The note reads, “So near is grandeur to our dust, So nigh is God to man, When duty whispers low, Thou must, The youth replies, I can,” R.W. Emerson.” Double matted and framed with a photograph of Emerson. The entire piece measures 14.5 inches by 17.5 inches. A very attractive piece.
"All things return, both sphere and mote, and I shall hear my bluebird's note, and dream the dream of Auburn dell": First Edition, first issue of Ralph Waldo Emerson's May-Day and Other Pieces; Signed by him
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867.
First edition, first issue of this collection of Emerson’s later poems. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and botanical emblem to the front panel, top edge gilt. Signed by Emerson on the title page, “R.W. Emerson.” In very good condition with rubbing to the crown of the spine and minor chipping to the front free endpaper. Rare and desirable.
Rare original albumen photograph of Ralph Waldo Emerson seated with a book. Boldly signed by Emerson beneath his portrait, “R.W. Emerson.” Matted and framed. The photograph measures 7 inches 4.5 inches. The entire piece measures 11 inches by 13.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
“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 of this lecture by Emerson delivered at the Old South Church, March 30, 1878. Octavo, original publishers cloth. Presentation copy, 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.
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1985.
First edition of Irving’s sixth novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “Merry Christmas John Irving.” Some spotting to the page edges in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Honi Werner.
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" Rare First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare in this condition and signed.
“Only God knows how much I love you”: First American Edition of the Love In The Time Of Cholera; Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988.
First American edition of Garcia Marquez’s work, which ranks as one of the great novels of the last half of the twentieth century. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson and Chip Kidd. Addionally signed by Chip Kidd on the jacket rear flap. Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed by Garcia Marquez.
London: Andre Deutsch, 1957.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with just a touch of wear to the crown of the spine.