Publisher: Boston: Phillips, Sampson, 1850.
Edition: First edition, first issue.
Bibliographical References: BAL 5219, second printing; Myerson A22.1.b, second printing, binding A. Both the first and second printings were issued in December, 1849.
Condition: Corners and hinges skillfully repaired; fine copy.
Book ID: 27051
Description12mo, original blind-stamped black cloth, gilt lettering. Two pages of publisher's terminal advertisements.
CommentsEmerson's essays on Plato, Swedenborg, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Napoleon and Goethe. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to "Mrs. Bancroft / with affectionate regards of / R. W. Emerson / Concord Feb. 8, 1850." Mrs. Bancroft was Elizabeth Davis Bancroft, wife of the historian George Bancroft. The Bancroft and Emerson families were close.