Henry David Thoreau, 1854
THOREAU, Henry David (1817-1862). Walden. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854.

A bright copy of the first edition, first printing of this American masterpiece. Robert Frost remarked that in this one book Thoreau "surpasses everything we have had in America" (letter to Wade Van Dore, 24 June 1922). "Solid chunks of thought, in the midst of a solid chunk of nature, proving that the minimum of cash expenditure and of creature comfort may result in the maximum of acute observation and cerebration—for almost a hundred years an inspiration to nature-lovers, to philosophers, to those of a Calvin Coolidge turn, and to persons who love to read the English language written with clarity" (Grolier American). Ads dated April 1854 at end. BAL 20106; Narratives of Personal Experience 91; Grolier American 63.

Octavo (180 x 110mm). Title vignette of Thoreau’s cabin, map of Walden Pond with faint S.W. Chandler & Bro imprint, 8 pages of advertisements dated April 1854. Original brown cloth stamped in gilt (small spot to spine above title, a couple gatherings very slightly sprung). Custom chemise and quarter morocco slipcase.

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