May 14, 2019 - Sale 2508

Sale 2508 - Lot 105

Price Realized: $ 3,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
[EMERSON, RALPH WALDO.] Conway, M.D. (editor). The Dial: A Monthly Magazine for Literature, Philosophy and Religion. Vol. 1, Nos. 1 to 12, January to December, 1860. Together 12 numbers (all published). 8vo, original wrappers; one back wrapper repaired and backed with gauze, backstrips chipped, chiefly near tips, pencil notations, name cut from the upper margin of one front wrapper and other small wrapper defects; preserved in 1/4 green morocco slipcase, worn. Cincinnati: S.G. Cobb, Printer, 1860

Additional Details

first edition of the reconstituted dial. emerson's copy, with the following autograph inscriptions by him: "Evening transcript" on the front wrapper of No. 1; "Transcript" on the front wrapper of No. 2; "Transcript" in pencil, faded, on the front wrapper of No. 9. On the front wrapper of No. 8 is the following faint, mostly faded, inscription in pencil: "Prof. H. W. Longfellow." This inscription is also apparently in Emerson's hand. First two of the above inscriptions are in pen and ink. A complete set of the reincarnation of this important periodical, first published in Boston in 1840 that included first appearances in print by Emerson and Thoreau among others. Provenance: sold Parke Bernet, New York, 1960.

Includes an ALS by editor Moncure Daniel Conway (1 sheet, recto only, short closed tear along part of one mailing fold, else fine) dated 5 November 1859 to "My dear friend Higginson" announcing that "We wish to reinstate the old 'Dial'" and asking to help drum up subscription interest in anticipation of its reappearance.

with-Thoughts on the Religion of the Middle Ages. [In] The Christian Disciple, New Series - No. 24. November and December, 1822. 8vo, disbound (pp. [401], 402-474). Signed "H.O.N.", these being the terminal letters of Emerson's signature. His first appearance in print.