The Writings of Henry David Thoreau... A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers; Walden; The Maine Woods; Cape Cod and Miscellanies; Excursions and Poems; Familiar Letters Edited By F. B. Sanborn; Journal Edited By Bradford Torrey...

Boston and New York: The Houghton Mifflin Company, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1906. 20 vols., 8vo., xlv, [1]-435; x, [1]-375; xi, [1]-364; xii, [1]-489; xv, [1]-431; xv, [1]-460; liii, [1]-488; [xii], [1]-505; [xii], [1]-487; [xii], [1]-495; [xii], [1]-532; [x], [1]-491; [xii], [1]-527; [x], [1]-468; [xii], [1]-503; [xii], [1]-511; [xii], [1]-457; [xii], [1]-458; [x], [1]-430; [x], [1]-459 pp., Riverside Press printer’s device to title-pages, 105 plates with captioned tissue guards, including a frontis to each volume, and one fold-out map. Modern quarter phthalo-blue morocco ruled in blind, marbled paper boards heightened in foils, backstrip with five raised bands, lettering, flourishes and rules in gilt to panels, and top-edge gilt. A beautifully bound set with a palette reminiscent of the sun setting on an icy North Atlantic seashore, near perfect condition excepting a few ink annotations in volume one. The Walden Edition, with beautifully printed photogravures of plants and locations from Thoreau’s writings, by Herbert W. Gleason. “Biographical Sketch” in volume one by Thoreau’s friend R. W. Emerson. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an author and naturalist, his writing is accurately described in the introduction, “the prose work is done conscientiously and neatly. The style is compact, and language has an antique purity like wine grown colorless with age.” Thoreau’s dedication to his work continued unto his dying words, in which he was said to have been uttering last minute revisions to The Maine Woods. Item #108472

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