SELF-RELIANCE, by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1902 [Roycroft Press Signed & Numbered]


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by Ralph Waldo Emerson

printed by Elbert Hubbard

illumined by Lily Ess 

Limited numbered edition, signed by printer and artist.  East Aurora, NY:  Roycroft Shop, 1902  

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Three-quarter leatherbound covers in feathered dark green with blue marbled paper are mostly clean, with gilt ruling. 
  • Boards show a little edgewear.  Corners are sharp, slightly scuffed.  See photos.  
  • Spine has raised bands, gilt ornament and text, and is a little sunned.  Foot end is bumped.  See photos.  
  • Binding is strong. 
  • Marble end papers/ pastedowns show little to no sign of wear, are toned at margin.  A ripple at head edge.  See photos.
  • Frontispiece, a portrait of Emerson, is present and has intact guard sheet.  
  • Illuminations in four colors are bright and clear. 
  • Interior is gently age-toned.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have gilt along head. 
  • PS2023.0524

64 pages. 5 x 8.25 inches

Limited hand-press edition of Emerson’s famous essay, printed and signed by Elbert Hubbard in his celebrated Roycroft Shop, with frontispiece portrait of Emerson, and title page, initial letter, and colophon hand-illuminated in four colours by Lily Ess who has added her signature and a drawing of the Roycroft symbol below.

One hundred copies printed by hand on Japan vellum.  This is number 26.   Signed by printer and illuminator following the title page. 

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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