New York, East
24 April 2001
THOREAU, Henry David. The Writings. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1906.
20 volumes, 8o. Frontispieces and photogravure plates by Herbert W. Gleason. Original cream cloth, paper spine labels (very slight soiling).
LIMITED EDITION, number 529 of 600 sets of the Manuscript Edition signed by the publisher and WITH A ONE-PAGE AUTOGRAPH FRAGMENT BY THOREAU in the first volume. A quintessentially ruminative passage by Thoreau, on a full 4to sheet, approximately 300 words: "My idleness is better than my industry. I would rather that my spirit hunger and thirst than that it forget its own wants in satisfying the hunger and thirst of the body... I feel the necessity of treating myself with more respect than I have done -- of washing myself more religiously in the ponds and streams, if only for a symbol of an inward cleansing and refreshment -- of eating and drinking more abstemiously and with more discrimination of savors, recruiting myself for new and worthier labor..." 8 page publisher's prospectus for the work laid-in. (20)
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