The Essay on Nature courtesy of Robert Rust

Book and photos courtesy of Robert Rust

The Essay on Nature

by Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1905

Binding by Frederick Kranz

The book measures 7 7/8" by 5 and has 91 pages. The body of the text is set in Old Style Antique and printed on Roycroft watermarked paper paper in two colors. The title page colophon and initial tails were designed by Dard Hunter. The regular edition of the book was bound in blind stamped suede. Additional fifty copies were bound repousse in suede and 100 copies were bound in 3/4 Levant with Imperial Japan vellum pages. Repousee is French for reborn, so I guess old EH was trying to tell us he was recycling text blocks that did not sell!

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