Nov 08, 2018 - Sale 2492

Sale 2492 - Lot 319

Price Realized: $ 1,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 700 - $ 1,000
LEAF FROM HIS NOTEBOOK RALPH WALDO EMERSON. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, fragment of 14 lines in ink, with holograph edit marks and subtitle ("Realism") in pencil at upper edge [from his topical notebook "XO"]. 1 page, 4to, pale blue paper; ink descriptions at lower edge recto and upper left verso in unknown hand, remnants of hinging at upper edge verso, folds. Np, circa 1856

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"It is impossible to conceal your opinion. It is known by the very attempt at concealment. One opinion seeks darkness. We know what that opinion is. . . . A man cannot utter many sentences without announcing to intelligent ears exactly where he stands in life & thought; namely, whether in the kingdom of the senses & the understanding, or in that of ideas, in the realm of sentiment & duty."

Published in The Topical Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol. 1, ed. Susan Sutton Smith (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1990), 226.