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Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1844. First edition (Faxon, p.30). Original dark brown leather, gilt lettered and decorated, all edges gilt, eight engraved plates. With the Emerson contribution "The Garden of Plants (pp. 143-146). A Leaf From a Journal." Emerson had visited the Jardin de Plantes in Paris in 1833. It was a memorable experience; it reinforced his belief that species might be mutable -- a theory not generally accepted, not even by Georges Cuvier, who had arranged the exhibit that so impressed Emerson: "The universe is a more amazing puzzle than ever....we feel that there is an occult relation between the very worm the crawling scorpion and man." (quoted in Rusk, 1939, p.188). Edges rubbed, spine ends worn, spine a little lightened. The inserted plates are heavily foxed; one of them, the engraved extra title has come loose but is present. A Good copy.
Title: The Gift: A Christmas and New Year's Present.
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