Lot 108 of 168:
Emerson's Essays, 1841 1st edition in original cloth  

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Emerson, Ralph Waldo


James Munroe and Company



[6], 303 pp. (8vo) 18.2x11.2 cm (7¼x4½"), original blindstamped cloth, spine lettered in gilt, white endpapers. First Edition.

Emerson’s most famous book, containing his universally celebrated essay “Self-Reliance”. BAL's binding state 'C' (no sequence determined), with blindstamped corner ornaments measuring about 2 1/8" high and spine in blind with an arrangement of rules and filigree ornaments. Ink ownership inscription of David Fosdick, Jr., dated June 1841, on front free endpaper. This copy with a number of very light pencil notes in margins and underlines to text. Copies in the original cloth are quite scarce.  (Grolier, 100 American # 47). BAL 5189.

Lot Amendments

Light rubbing to covers, a bit of wear to corners and spine ends, slight loss of cloth to two places along front joint; very good condition.

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