by Ralph Waldo Emerson
New York: A.L. Burt & Co., [ca. 1880s-90s]
Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the leading lights of American thought & literature during the nineteenth century.
This two-volume set of his various essays is handsomely bound in leather with marbled boards, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, and volume one has a frontispiece portrait of the author.
Not dated, but my guess is that this would have been published soon after his death in 1882 as a commemorative set.
Among many others, this includes “Compensation” and “Self-Reliance”, two of his most influential, and which are often separately printed.
The green leather has turned to brown on the spines, as is common for this color. Mild edgewear to boards, spine leather on the dry side–I treated it within the last year, but could use some more goop in the next year or two. Wear to top of spines–see picture. Center sections of volume 1 are notably shaken and signatures (page gatherings) loosened–still bound but fragile. A few markings–brackets–in volume two. Overall, good condition, and a nice vintage copy of Emerson, who’s hard enough for us to stock in any decent hardcover edition!
311 pp. + 319 pp., each book measures 7-3/4″ tall by 5-1/2″ wide by 1-1/2″ wide.
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