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    With an Original Manuscript Leaf in Emerson's Hand

    [Ralph Waldo Emerson]. James Elliot Cabot. Memoir of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, and Company, 1887.

    First edition, first printing. With an original manuscript leaf in Emerson's hand, tipped-into Volume 1 on all four edges, matted to and inset into a front flyleaf, so that both sides of the leaf can be read. Illustrated with numerous full-page plates.

    Brown half leather over marbled boards with gilt spine titles inside compartments with five raised bands. Top edges gilt, other edges uncut. Silk ribbon markers. Minor shelf wear. Light foxing to textblock edges. Overall, a near fine set of a great Emerson biography with a two-page leaf in Emerson's hand, in which he discusses proofs for his his essay, "Characters" from his Essays - Second Series.

    James Cabot was Emerson's literary executor. In his own words, Cabot says, "The position of Literary Executor to which he appointed me and the desire of his family that I would write a memoir of him have given me access to his unpublished writings (including many letters confided to me by some of his most valued correspondents) and to sources of information in the memories of persons who knew him in his early years and in his home."

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