Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Walden or Life in the Woods, by Henry David Thoreau, 1854
Boston: Ticknor And Fields, 1854. First Edition. First Edition Of This Profoundly Influential Philosophical Work On The Experience Of Wilderness, The Foundational Document Of Ecocriticism. One Of Only 2,000 Copies Printed. Eight Pages Of Ads Dated June, 1854 Bound At The Rear Mark This As An Early Copy.
Binding by Richard Smart.
Bound In Full Green Morocco Extra Gilt. Cosway Style with Terracotta Morocco deblures front deblure tooled with the map of Walden Pond as per engraved plate at page 307, Rear deblure tooled boarders with a quote from Henery Thoreau...
“Live in each season
as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign
yourself to the influence of the earth.”
― Henry David Thoreau,
Silk ends facing leather deblures. Spine tooled in 6 panels gilt corner tools and centre tooling, front and rear cover tooled in panels with extra gilt to match period and style of the time for this type of binding. Cosway style miniature painting by Emilie Crewe on thick Vellum paper to match the same texture as Ivory, Painting taken from the Wood-engraved title-page vignette of Thoreau's hut.
Publisher's Catalogue Dated June 1854. First Edition. Following The Failure Of His First Book A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers, Walden Was Not A Runaway Success. The Edition Of 2,000 Took Five Years To Sell Through, But It Was From The Very First An Immensely Influential Text, And Remains So Today: "For Almost A Hundred Years An Inspiration To Nature Lovers, To Philosophers, To Sociologists And To Persons Who Love To Read The English Language Written With Clarity" (Grolier). "Most Copies Have Publisher's Advertisements Inserted At The Back With Varying Dates Of No Known Bibliographical Significance" Thoreau. Bal 20106 Grolier American 100, #63 Borst A2.1.A.