First EditionEmerson, Ralph Waldo. The Conduct of Life. Boston: Ticknor and Fields Boston, 1860. First edition, first printing. 8vo (4 1/2 x 7 in.; 115 x 178 mm). Original full brown cloth, covers elaborately ruled and stamped in blind, spine gilt lettered, brown coated endpapers. In custom quarter brown morocco slipcase and folding chemise. Half-title, publisher's advertisements at end. The Conduct of Life is a collection of essays in which Emerson sets out to answer the question of the times: How shall I live? Composed of nine essays, each preceded by a poem. These 9 essays are largely based on lectures Emerson held throughout the country. Emerson first conceived of his philosophy after a voyage to England and Europe brought him into contact with many eminent scholars. Ownership signature to half-title. Minor toning, one or two stray spots. Small chip to front free endpaper. In very good condition.