Early Collectors and Donors: William Taylor Newton's Emerson Collection

24.  Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Nature . . . (Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1836).

Nature / RWE Page 12

Nature / RWE
Page 13

From the Newton/Emerson Collection (part of the CFPL Concord Authors Collection).  Gift of Edith Emerson Forbes and Edward Waldo Emerson, 1918.

William Taylor Newton’s copy of Emerson’s groundbreaking exposition of Transcendental philosophy, published in 1836 (the “Annus Mirabilis” of Transcendentalism, as American intellectual historian and Harvard professor Perry Miller described it).  Soon after the publication of Nature, the Transcendental Club (also known as the Hedge Club) first gathered at George Ripley’s house in Boston.


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