Poems. Inscribed to Susan Jackson, wife of Charles T. Jackson

Publisher Information: Boston: James Munroe, 1847.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-82). Poems. [2], 251pp. Boston: James Munroe & Co., 1847. 168 x 103 mm. Half calf, marbled boards ca. 1847, front cover detached, tear in spine, some rubbing and wear; later cloth slipcase (worn at top extremity). Endpapers stained, light toning but good to very good. Presentation Copy, Inscribed by Emerson to Susan B. Jackson, wife of his brother-in-law Charles T. Jackson (1805-88) on the front free endpaper: “Susan B. Jackson from her affectionate brother, R. W. E.”

First Edition. Although better known as an essayist, Emerson is also an important American poet, whom one critic praised as “a poetry theorist of profound reach, a revolutionary committed to the introduction of a radical aesthetics” (Porter, p. 1). Emerson published two major poetry collections in his lifetime, of which Poems was the first. “Dated 1847 (it actually was printed in December 1846), [Poems] contains 256 pages, with 56 poems and two translations . . . [it] contains the majority of his most famous pieces—works such as ‘The Sphinx,’ ‘The Rhodora,’ ‘Uriel,’ ‘The Snow-Storm,’ ‘Bacchus,’ ‘Hamatreya,’ ‘Threnody,’ and the Concord ‘Hymn’” (Morris, pp. 219-220).

Emerson inscribed this copy to Susan Jackson, wife of his brother-in-law Charles T. Jackson, famous in his own right as the discoverer of ether anesthesia. S. Morris, “‘Metre-making’ arguments: Emerson’s poems,” in J. Porte and S. Morris, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson, pp. 218-242. D. Porter, Emerson and Literary Change, p. 1.

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