Lot 254: THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. Walden; or, Life in the Woods.
10 November 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. Walden; or, Life in the Woods. Illustrated with vignette of Thoreau's hut on title-page, and map of Walden Pond. 8vo, original brown cloth with covers decoratively blind-stamped, spine ruled in blind and lettered in gilt, short chips to head and foot of spine, corners and lower extremities rubbed, scattered soiling; front hinge cracked and separated from textblock, dampstain to upper edges of first few leaves, blindstamp to first text leaf, endpapers discolored and with ownership inscription and booksellers label. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854
Notes: first edition. This copy with two blank leaves and rear free endpaper followed by 8 pages publisher's advertisement at end dated June 1854 (no priority). One of the key documents of American Transcendentalism; a copy worthy of conservation. BAL 20106; Grolier, 100 American, 63; Borst A2.1.a.