ESSAYS BY RALPH WALDO EMERSON || With Preface by |THOMAS CARLYLE.| THE DOVES PRESS | No. 1 THE TERRACE HAMMERSMITH | MCCCCVI
Colophon, unsigned [u4v]:
Printed from the first English edition by T.J.Cobden-[sic] | Sanderson and Emery Walker at the The Doves Press | and finished January 5, 1906. ❡ The poems marked | with an asterisk have been added from subsequent | editions. ❡Compositors: J.H. Mason, W. Jenkins. Pressmen: H. Gage-Cole, J. Ryan, & Albert Lewis. | [centered] Sold at the Doves Press. || [centered] The Doves Bindery
RT: Essay [numbered in roman numerals I-XII], verso, in margin; essay title
8o: π4a8-u4; 20 leaves, 312 pages, -312 
$1 and $3 signed a-u; $3 signed a1-u1, “a1” [a3r] unsigned; lowercase roman with arabic numbers; u3r unsigned [no “u1′]
Contents [$3 signatures noted in double quotation marks; my marks follow the format, so “b1,” but b3r]: a1r signed; a1v blank; a2 title, a2v blank; a3r PREFACE BY THOMAS CARLYLE | London, 11th August, 1841.; a3v–a7r Preface; a7v blank; a8r CONTENTS [listing twelve essays and corresponding page numbers]; a8r blank; b1r HISTORY [poem]; b1v–d1r HISTORY; d1v blank; d2r SELF-RELIANCE [poem]; d1v–f5r Self-Reliance; f5v blank; f6r COMPENSATION [poem]; f6v–h4r Compensation; h4v blank; h5r SPIRITUAL LAWS [poem]; h5v–k3r Spiritual Laws; k3v blank; k4r LOVE [poem]; k4v–l4v; l5r FRIENDSHIP [poem]; l5v–m8r Friendship; m8v blank; n1r PRUDENCE [poem]; n1v–o1v Prudence; o2r HEROISM [poem]; 02v–p2v Heroism; p3r THE OVER-SOUL [poem]; p4v–q8r The Over-soul; r1r CIRCLES; riv-s2r Circles; s3r INTELLECT [poem]; s3v–t4r Intellect; t4v blank; t5r ART [poem]; t5v–u4v Art; u4v THE END. || [colophon]
165 x 245 mm
Type: 20 ll., 118 x 101 mm; made only in 16pt.
Binding: limp vellum, The Doves Bindery (stamped on lower edge of back cover)
Copy Examined: University of Victoria Library
Notes: Complete and fine copy of Doves Press; light foxing only. Survives with vellum binding by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, manuscript ornamental rubricated capitals by Edward Johnston, and insert subscription broadside (“ORDER FORM…MEN & WOMEN”). Bookplate: “Marion E. Walker Her Book”
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