A HISTORICAL DISCOURSE, DELIVERED BEFORE THE CITIZENS OF CONCORD, 12TH SEPT. 1835 with A HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF CONCORD

Concord: G. F. Bemis/John Stacy, 1835. First Edition. Hardcover. Original blindstamped publisher's dark brown cloth containing in this order: Shattuck's HISTORY OF CONCORD (viii, 392 pages with folding map); an offprint REVIEW OF A HISTORY OF CONCORD FROM THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, No. XCI (20 pages); and importantly, Emerson's address on the Second Centennial Anniversary of the incorporation of Concord (52 pages), INSCRIBED by the author on the top of the title: "Mr. Lemuel Shattuck/with Mr. Emerson's comp." The end of the final word in the inscription was trimmed and the original blue wrappers discarded when bound with the other two items, the original size 6-7/16" x 9- 3/4" trimmed to 5-1/2" x 8-3/4". BAL 5178; Myerson A2.1: second state with signature mark 3 present, but he notes that the order of states is arbitrary. Emerson's first separately published substantial publication, preceded only by the pamphlet and broadside printings of his 1832 LETTER...TO THE SECOND CHURCH, is scarce not only due to a likely very small printing but also to a fire at the Town-Clerk's office in Concord that is said to have destroyed most copies. He consulted the proof sheets of Shattuck's history, published shortly after the town's celebration, in creating this work, referring to it in 23 footnotes. The strong circumstantial evidence leads us to believe this is Shattuck's own copy of his work and the offprint as well, bound together for him with the pamphlet given to him by Emerson. Bookplate of the Reverend Philip Wheeler on the front pastedown. The Shattuck title page reinforced at the gutter. Near Fine, neatly rebacked retaining the original spine. Item #013162

Price: $30,000.00