Representative Men

Representative Men is a collection of seven lectures by Ralph Waldo Emerson, first published as a book of essays in 1850. The first essay discusses the role played by "great men" in society, and the remaining six each extoll the virtues of one of six men deemed by Emerson to be great: Plato ("the Philosopher") - Emanuel Swedenborg ("the Mystic") - Michel de Montaigne ("the Skeptic") - William Shakespeare ("the Poet") - Napoleon ("the Man of the World") - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ("the Writer"). This antique hardcover copy is bound in maroon cloth boards with gilt borders and lettering. Top page edge is gilt. Edgewear;tanned pages; wear and soil. 234 pages; approx. 4"x5".

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Thomas Y. Crowell, 1891