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WALDEN, Or, Life In the Woods - Thoreau Henry David - 1854. 
Boston Ticknor and Fields 1854 - First edition, first state of the text, early state of the ads, May 1854 (no priority). Illustrated with the map of Walden Pond printed on a separate leaf and inserted at p. 307. 8vo, publishers original brown cloth lettered in gilt and ruled in blind on spine, bordered and decorated in blind on all covers. 357, [8 ads (dated May, 1854)] pp. A handsome copy indeed, internally very pleasing and very fresh with very little evidence of age or use, the volume is especially clean and shows essentially none of the foxing to which it is prone, the binding expertly refurbished at the top of the spine panel. HIGHLY IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION OF A SEMINAL WORK IN AMERICAN LITERATURE. WALDEN IS AN ICONIC BOOK and it has taken its place as one of the greatest books of American literature and a highlight of American thought. In attempting an experiment in simple living Thoreau became the embodiment of the American quest for the spiritual over the material; and his book, ostensibly a simple record of his experiment, has earned the reputation as a work of great philosophical import. "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Walden is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. By immersing himself in nature, Thoreau hoped to gain a more objective understanding of society through personal introspection. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau's other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the American Romantic Period. As Thoreau made clear in his book, his cabin was not in the wilderness, but at the edge of town, only about two miles from his family home. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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