EMERSON, RALPH WALDO. 1803-1882. The Method of Nature. An Oration, Delivered before the Society of the Adelphi, in Waterville College, in Maine, August 11, 1841. Boston: Samuel G. Simpkins, 1841.

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EMERSON, RALPH WALDO. 1803-1882.
The Method of Nature. An Oration, Delivered before the Society of the Adelphi, in Waterville College, in Maine, August 11, 1841. Boston: Samuel G. Simpkins, 1841.

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EMERSON, RALPH WALDO. 1803-1882.
The Method of Nature. An Oration, Delivered before the Society of the Adelphi, in Waterville College, in Maine, August 11, 1841. Boston: Samuel G. Simpkins, 1841.
8vo (230 x 134 mm). 30 pp. Publisher's brown printed wrappers. Stitched. Custom cloth slipcase, lettered in gilt.

A PRISTINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS. Possibly 500 copies printed. A notice appearing in the New York Review shortly after the pamphlet's publication is typical of the ambivalent opposition which Emerson, as the primary exponent of Transcendentalism, faced in his day: "We would that we could convey to the heart of the highly gifted writer of this oration the mingled feelings of admiration and regret with which its perusal has filled us. We know few things of the kind more beautiful in American literature; we know as few more false and dangerous" (no 19, pp 219 ff). BAL 5190; Myerson A11.1.
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