May-day and other pieces. Insc. to Susan B. Jackson, wife of Charles T. Jackson

Publisher Information: Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1867.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-82). May-day and other pieces. iv, 205pp. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867. 177 x 120 mm. Original cloth, gilt-stamped on the spine and front cover, top edges gilt, spine darkened, some soiling, small splits in hinges but sound. Light toning but very good. Presentation Copy, Inscribed by Emerson on the front flyleaf to Susan B. Jackson, wife of Charles T. Jackson (1805-88): “Susan Jackson from R. W. Emerson 1 May, 1867.”

First Edition of Emerson’s second and final collection of poetry. “Emerson collected his verse into two major volumes, both published at the urging of his admirers and after his enshrinement as an important literary figure . . . [May-Day] contains a substantial number of important texts, among them ‘Brahma,’ ‘Days,’ ‘Voluntaries,’ and ‘Terminus’” (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.

Book Id: 51708

Price: $7,500.00

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