6 December 2013
THOREAU, Henry David (1817-1862). Walden; or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854.
8o (178 x 107 mm). Vignette of Thoreau's hut on title-page, map of Walden Pond and 8-page publisher's advertisements at end dated May 1854. Publisher's brown cloth, covers decorated in blind, spine gilt-lettered; quarter morocco slipcase.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, with ads dated May 1854 at end; this copy with two blank leaves and rear free endpaper preceding advertisements. "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). Borst A2.1.a; BAL 20106; Grolier American 63. A FINE COPY.
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