[very early Emerson, in wrappers] July 24, 1838. Published by Request. Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1838. Original printed light blue wrappers.
First (and only separate) Edition of this very early Emerson oration -- delivered at Dartmouth College in July 1838, and published (1000 copies) in September by the co-founders (the year before) of today's Little Brown & Co. This piece would later be known as, and collected as, "Literary Ethics." This is very "early Emerson," preceded only by his NATURE (1836) and a couple of other orations delivered at Harvard (1837 & 1838); his next publication would not be for three more years -- his momentous first series of ESSAYS (1841), which would include "Self-Reliance."~This copy is still in the original delicate light-blue wrappers, the front of which reproduces (within a three-line border) the title page. Condition is just about fine (one vertical crease, quite likely from the original mailing). The upper margin of the front cover bears the inscription "Regards of R.C. Lane." Myerson A8.1; Blanck 5185. Item #13521