Hard Cover. Boston: James Munroe & Co. 1836. First Edition. Very Good.
Boston: James Munroe & Co., 1836. First edition, second state with the corrected pagination on page 94 (no priority). Publisher's original blue cloth, decoratively stamped in blind and lettered in gilt (BAL frame A, cloth H). An about very good copy with light wear and sunning to extremities as well as some repairs, front hinge very slightly starting, moderate foxing to text block, and a small hole in the rear free endpaper. Overall still a very attractive copy with bright gilt lettering on the original publisher's binding. Housed in a custom folding box. BAL 5181. From the library of Pulitzer Prize winning author Kenneth Silverman. This essay, originally published anonymously, was one of the first works to establish the principles of the Transcendentalist movement, of which Emerson was a founding member. Transcendentalism arose in response to growing intellectualism and spirituality at the time, and focused on prioritizing the individual experience and intuition, especially in relation to the natural world, over resolute empirical science. In Nature, Emerson explores the relationship between humans and nature, specifically how humans respond to nature's inherent beauty. Notably, Nature became a major influence for later transcendentalist writer, Henry David Thoreau, who drew on his inspiration from Emerson's essay for his famous work, Walden. Chiefly a biographer, Professor Kenneth Silverman co-directed the American Civilization program at NYU, and won not only the Pulitzer but also the Bancroft Prize for his work The Life and Times of Cotton Mather. Other notable works of his include biographies of Edgar Allan Poe and Samuel F. B. Morse. A magician himself, he also profiled the life of Harry Houdini.