January 25, 08:49 PM GMT
15,000 - 20,000 USD
Thoreau, Henry David
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 May 1854; some relatively minor toning and spotting throughout. Publisher's brown cloth decoratively ruled and stamped in blind, spine gilt-lettered; very minor shelfwear primarily to lower edges. Housed in custom clamshell case.
First edition — one of 2,000 copies.
"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."
Combining nature, philosophy and the classics, Thoreau's account of his year in a shack along the shore of Walden pond was wholly unlike what had come before, and his achievement was a uniquely American contribution to literature.
A handsome copy of this cornerstone of Transcendentalism.