23 April 2001
THOREAU, Henry David (1817-1862). Walden; or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854.
8o (180 x 115 mm). Vignette of Thoreau's hut on title-page, map of Walden Pond and 8 pages publisher's advertisements at end dated April, 1854. (Occasional light marginal staining.) Original brown cloth, stamped in blind, spine gilt-lettered (spine repaired at ends, a trifle rubbed, hinges lightly cracked, a few signatures slightly loose); later quarter red morocco slipcase and chemise (rubbed).
FIRST EDITION of one of the great works of pastoral philosophy. "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.
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