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The Herman Elfers Collection of Ralph Waldo Emerson is the gift of William Elfers, Class of 1941. Numbering more than 75 volumes, the collection includes many presentation copies. It includes a copy of The Offering (Cambridge, 1829), a very scarce volume containing Emerson's first book appearance [(Ex) 3730.3675].
Further particulars regarding the collection can be found in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXV, 2 (Winter, 1964) pp. 163-164 [full text]. The collection forms part of the General Rare Books Collection. For holdings of Emerson see pp. 163-167 (section on Emerson) in Merle Johnson's American First Editions (4th ed.) New York: Edwards Bros., 1942 [(ExB) 04703.501.22].
A seven-page list of Mr. Elfers's gifts of Emerson books and manuscripts is to be found in the Collections File under Elfers. It is current as of 22 October 1992.