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WALDEN; OR, LIFE IN THE WOODS
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854.. 357,[1]pp. plus 8pp. inserted April terminal catalogue. Original brown cloth, stamped in blind and gilt, pale yellow coated endsheets. Map inserted before p.307. Early small ink signature on front pastedown, gilt leather bookplate (offset opposite) of John Stuart Groves, small signet blindstamp with initials in upper forecorner of title- leaf and pp.5/6, spine extremities a bit frayed, with 2 cm. closed surface crack along upper joint, subtly recased, with careful repairs to inner hinges, a bit of tanning to text block, small constellation of ink flecks on upper board; generally a good, (now) sound copy. Half morocco slipcase and chemise. First edition, first printing. One of two thousand copies printed. Some copies were issued without catalogues, and others with any one of five variously dated catalogues, the April catalogue being the earliest observed. The book was published in early August. "Solid chunks of thought, in the midst of a solid chunk of nature ... an inspiration to nature-lovers, to philosophers...[we'll skip the Calvin Coolidge reference], and to persons who love to read the English language written with clarity" - Grolier American Hundred. Laid in is an old catalogue description from a well- known bookseller, proclaiming the copy described therein "a fine copy" - which this is not. However it does bear that bookseller's inventory code. A modest copy of one the key works of 19th century American literature. BORST A2.1.a. GROLIER AMERICAN HUNDRED 63.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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