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1 Fenelon, Francois. Thoughts on Spiritual Subjects.

Boston: Samuel G. Simpkins, 1843. First edition. Original brown cloth, gilt, decorated in gilt and blind. Frontis portrait, 148 pp. "Selected translations", by an anonymous tranlator. A presentation copy: "Mary N. Covington from her friend Geo. P. Bradford". Bradford was the translator (Mathews, “George P. Bradford, Friend of the Transcendentalists” in Myerson, Studies in the American Renaissance, 1981). OCLC shows just seven copies, and none of the libraries names a translator. George Partridge Bradford was, when this volume was published, a teacher at Brook Farm. Ralph Waldo Emerson's half-uncle Samuel Ripley was married to Bradford's sister, Sarah Alden Bradford Ripley. Fenelon (1651-1715) was a Catholic Archbishop, a Quietist, and an educational theorist. "Mr. Emerson had no friend who was a more welcome or frequent guest than George Bradford, who came to look after the vegetable garden and to trim the trees, and in long walks to Walden Pond or Fairhaven Hill to discuss with his host philosophy and poetry and life (George William Curtis, "Editor's Easy Chair, in "Harper's New Monthly Magazine, May, 1890, p.965). Some staining and wear to cloth, front endpapers cracked. A Very Good copy. 
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