FIRST EDITION WITH LETTER IN COSWAY BINDING
EMERSON, Ralph Waldo ~ Essays.
Boston: James Munroe, 1841
Full morocco, 7 inches tall. A splendid Cosway style binding by Bayntun (Riviere) with gilt raised bands, most attractive 'art nouveau' panels, dentelles and all edges gilt. The upper board has the Cosway style original watercolour of Emerson, under glass, framed by a gilt floral design in the same 'art nouveau' style. A manuscript signed letter sinned by Emerson is bound in. With the original cloth clamshell box. A wonderful example of the first edition of this immensely influential volume of essays.