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Walden; or, Life in the Woods. By Henry D. Thoreau.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields.M DCCC LIV. 1854 1854. First edition.?The lines beginning ?Light-winged Smoke, Icarian bird? (p.271) were published in the Dial for April, 1843, under the title of ?Smoke?, but nothing else in the book appears ever to have been printed before? - Francis H. Allen, A Bibliography of Henry David Thoreau, 1908, p.9.In the publisher?s milk-chocolate-coloured binding with blind-ruled borders and blind-stamped central motif on both boards, a little light spotting and bumping.Title, author and publisher gilt on spine which has recently been re-capped.Leaf size 180x110mm; [5], 6-357, [1] pages, followed by two blank leaves then the rear free end-paper.A six-page list: ?New Books and New Editions published by Ticknor and Fields?, headed ?Boston, 135 Washington Street | June 1854? is bound in after the rear end-paper.There is [1] leaf of plates: a Map of Walden Pond, 1846, facing p.307.Ownership inscription ?B. P. Lathbury, 1882? in pencil at head of front free end-paper.Title-page vignette of Thoreau's hut at Walden Pond, signed Baker-Andrew.The ?Complemental Verses? on p.87 are by Thomas Carew.Ralph Waldo Emerson?s poem ?The horseman serves the horse ...? manuscript in a near-contemporary hand at head of first blank at end.A few pencil notes at head of rear paste-down.One gathering slightly out of line.Some light fingering and light dusting at head.A very good, clean and tight copy of this important work.(Further information and photographs available on request.)
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