PamphletEMERSON, Ralph Waldo. Tributes to Theodore Parker, Comprising the Exercises at the Music Hall on Sunday, June 17, 1860. With the Proceedings of The New England Anti-Slavery Convention at the Melodeon, May 31. First Edition. Boston: Published by the Fraternity, 1860. With an original carte-de-visite of Emerson.
Emerson’s comments begin on page 14 of this pamphlet. His eulogy, for fellow abolitionist and transcendentalist Theodore Parker, touches on the meaning of biography and autobiography as well as the need for more integrity among America’s political figures. “The vice charged against America is the want of sincerity in leading men. It does not lie at his door.” His timely comments arrive just prior to Lincoln’s election and the outbreak of the Civil War. Also contains eulogies by William Lloyd Garrison, Frank Sanborn, James Freeman Clark, and Wendell Phillips. In very good condition with original light brown wrappers, original owner’s signature in ink to cover. The carte-de-visite accompanying this pamphlet shows a seated Emerson, around 50 years old, in a black coat and necktie, resting his arm on a table. The tone is unusually dark and crisp, for a medium which far more commonly has faded over time.