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Walden: or Life in the Woods by  Henry D THOREAU - Hardcover - First Edition - 1854 - from Howard S. Mott, Inc (SKU: 34)

Walden: or Life in the Woods

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Walden: or Life in the Woods

by THOREAU, Henry D

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THOREAU, Henry D. Walden:or Life in the Woods. 12mo, original brown cloth, spine gilt lettered, spine and covers decorated in blind (spine extremities expertly strengthened with cloth; inner hinges almost imperceptible mended at folds; usual rubbing of corners), pp. 357, [7] blank, 8 ads dated "September, 1854" + inserted map. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854.

First Edition. Very good copy with no foxing; one of 2000 copies printed of Thoreau's classic account of llife in a railroad shanty on Walden Pond from July 4, 1843, until September 6, 1847. This copy came to us from a private collection, and has not been on the market for approximately 60-80 years. Very minor staining of lower margins of five early leaves, and very minor staining to upper inner corners of leaves at the rear. Blank corner off one leaf, pp. 67-68. Grolier American 63. BAL 20106. Borst A2.1.a.Johnson, p. 501. Cost Book of Ticknor and Fields B75a. In morocco backed cloth folding case. ABAA-VBF


Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) by Henry David Thoreau is an American classic. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, and manual for self reliance. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau's sojourn in a cabin near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts.


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About Howard S. Mott, Inc

Established in New York City in 1936, Howard S. Mott, Inc. buys, sells and appraises rare books, first editions as well as historical and literary manuscripts in a wide range of fields (16th to 20th Century). Open by appointment, or chance. Members: ABAA, ABA (Int.), ILAB, Ephemera Society, Manuscript Society.


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