Title: Emerson and Vedanta
Author: Swami Paramananda
Publisher: The Vedanta Centre, Boston. Copyright date 1918, but this 2nd edition was probably printed in the early 20s.
Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Pocket size. Significant underlining (see photos), but no annotations. Binding tight, pages clean with no foxing. A hard to find early edition.
About Swami Paramananda (from Wikipedia):
Paramananda (1884–1940) was a swami and one of the early Indian teachers who went to the United States to spread the Vedanta philosophy and religion there. He was a mystic, a poet and an innovator in spiritual community living.
Paramananda was sent to America in 1906 at the age of twenty-two to assist at the previously established New York Vedanta Society. He lived and taught there until 1909, when Paramananda established the Vedanta Centre of Boston. He lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia for thirty-four years, until his death in 1940. He founded four centres still thriving today, two in the United States and two in Calcutta, India. The American ashramas are in Cohasset, Massachusetts and La Crescenta, California. Like his teacher, Vivekananda, Paramananda believed in equality between men and women. He established disciplined communities of nuns under the supervision of Sister Devamata (1867–1942) his American first disciple, whom he ordained to teach Vedanta from the platform in 1910. Throughout the entire history of the community, women were accorded positions of leadership in all areas of the work. The first Indian woman to join the community was Gayatri Devi (1906–1995), who was brought by Paramananda in 1926 to be trained as one of his assistants. She became the spiritual leader of the centres upon Paramananda’s death in 1940 and the first Indian woman to be ordained a teacher in America.