First EditionALCOTT, Amos Bronson. “Emerson” First Edition biography of Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Founder of Transcendentalism, written, annotated by hand, and signed by his close friend Amos Bronson Alcott. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Privately Printed, 1865. Original full brown cloth over beveled boards with gilt title, edges stained red. Original Photographic frontispiece, title printed in red and black. Front free endpaper inscribed by Alcott to “Mrs. L. Tuckerman | from her friend |A.A.” Also annotated by Alcott on final page.
This essay was composed as a birthday tribute to Emerson by his very close friend Amos Bronson Alcott, and apparently only 50 copies were printed for private circulation. Alcott was a teacher, philosopher, and reformer, who pioneered new ways of interacting with young students, to include focusing on a conversation, and avoiding traditional methods of punishment. He was also an abolitionist and an advocate for women's rights. In 1836, he became a member of the Transcendental Club, where he first met Ralph Waldo Emerson, who urged Alcott to move to Concord. Emerson remained a great supporter of Alcott throughout his life, frequently offering his professional and financial support. Alcott became an integral member of the Concord Transcendentalist community, and even let Henry David Thoreau borrow his axe to prepare his home at Walden Pond. This copy is likely inscribed to Laura Tuckerman, wife of the American painter Stephen Salisbury Tuckerman, who instructed Alcott's youngest daughter, May. REFERENCES: BAL 109 The carte-de-visite accompanying this pamphlet shows a seated Emerson.