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(Item #5318) Nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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Emerson's first book and the beginning of the transcendentalist movement in America
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Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1836. First edition. Finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in what appears to be an exhibition binding (dated either 1890 or 1899). Full crushed olive morroco with intricate floral patterns on the boards and spine and with inlaid red and brown morocco roses. Orange silk end papers and paste-downs, top edge gilt. With the morocco bookplate of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, stamped "ex-libris Blairhame." An exceptional copy. Housed in a black cloth clamshell case. First state with p. 94 incorrectly numbered 92. BAL 5181.

The author's first book and the "first clear blast on New England's Transcendental horn" (ADNB). Seeing nature through a fresh, American lens, Emerson looks at: commodity, beauty, language and discipline with regard to how nature influences man in each category. A passionate and hugely influential work, inspiring Thoreau's Walden among many others. One of the foundational works in American literature. An excellent copy, housed in a custom slipcase with chemise.

Grolier 100 Books Famous in English Literature 80. Myerson A3.1.a. BAL 5181.
Fine (Item #5318)

Price: $9,500