Cambridge: Printed at the Riverside Press, 1903.
The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. With a biographical introduction and notes by Edward Waldo Emerson and a general index. Cambridge: Printed at the Riverside Press, 1903-1904.
Autograph Centenary Edition. Limited to 600 numbered copies, signed by the publisher, this being number 20. With an Autograph Manuscript leaf bound into Volume I. Twelve octavo volumes (8 5/8 x 5 7/8 inches; 220 x 150 mm). Photogravure frontispieces and plates on India paper mounted. Title vignettes on India paper mounted.
Contemporary three-quarter green morocco over marbled boards. Spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments. Boards ruled in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Marbled endpapers. Spines slightly faded, otherwise a fine and desirable set.
The manuscript is one full sheet of blue paper, folded with manuscript on both sides. Much of the writing has been crossed through with the same hand. The start of the manuscript reads "It was said Virtue in this Age" and it ends with "The badman is alone in the universe."