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THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. WALDEN: OR, LIFE IN THE WOODS. BOSTON: 1854. FIRST EDITION

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  • Walden: Or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854 
8vo. Wood-engraved vignette of Thoreau's hut after a sketch by his sister Sophia, lithographed plan of Walden Pond, 8pp. of publisher's advertisements at the end dated April, 1854; one or two stray spots, occasional offsetting. Original brown cloth ruled and decorated in blind, spine gilt lettered; minor soiling, minor fraying to head and tail of spine. In quarter brown morocco slipcase and chemise, spine gilt lettered. 

Literature

Borst A2.1.a BAL 20106

Grolier American 63

Catalogue Note

First edition of Thoreau’s great work, a cornerstone of American transcendentalism. In Dead Poet Society (Touchstone, 1989), Thoreau was one of the writers that Williams' character, Mr. Keating, quoted to his students as he inspired them to lead lives marked by individualism and self-reliance, tenets at the heart of the transcendentalist movement. It is also Thoreau's famous lines from Walden that are read out as the Dead Poet Society convenes: "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."
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