Two Volumes "Essays" and "Society and Solitude" from The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1904

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Essays: First Series, Society and Solitude, The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Company, The Riverside Press, 1904.  2 volumes, Concord edition. Original three-quarter leather boards.

Presented are two volumes from The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Book II: Essays: First Series and Book VII: Society and Solitude. The set was published out of Boston in 1904 by Houghton, Mifflin & Company. The books are illustrated throughout and include a biographical introduction and notes from Edward Waldo Emerson.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American author, lecturer, and philosopher best known for his essays and poems that reflected upon the Transcendentalist movement in the mid 19th-century. His first two published essays, Essays: First Series and Essay: Second Series, encouraged an audience made up of like-minded intellectuals. Emerson’s writing influenced his contemporaries greatly. Men such as Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman continued to inspire readers with their own written work as pronounced “Emersonians.” Emerson’s complete works were compiled and published as a set posthumously. These two books were published as part of the Concord edition.


Two volumes bound in period maroon three-quarter leather with marbled boards and endpapers. Features a deckled edge and gilt top edge. Books are in good condition with minimal foxing or staining and only slight creasing on a few pages. Bookplate from past owner, C. A. Hopper. Binding is tight and in good condition. Boards show only slight bumping on spines and corners. Spine features raised bands and gilt tooling.

Dimensions: 8" H x 5 3/8" W x 1 1/4"D (each)

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