(Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854). 186 x 112 mm. (7 1/4 x 4 1/2"). 357,  pp.,  leaf (blank), 8 pp. (ads, dated April [earliest]). FIRST EDITION, presumably the First Issue.
Recent brown cloth, smooth spine with gilt titling. In a fine linen clamshell box. Title page vignette of Thoreau's hut at Walden, and plate of a map of Walden Pond. Borst A-2.1.a; Grolier American 63; BAL 20106. Title page a little foxed, isolated trivial foxing and soiling elsewhere, but quite an excellent copy, the text clean and pleasing, and the binding as new.
Offered here as an appealing copy because of its price, this is the chief work of one of the major figures in American literature and a book of lasting interest to the widest possible audience. In Day's words, in "Walden," Thoreau "is addressing those who are dissatisfied with the materialism and routine of modern society, those who are anxious to examine the fundamentals of existence. Most men, he insists, 'lead lives of quiet desperation,' self-committed slaves to property and social conventions. While Thoreau does not preach withdrawal from the responsibilities of civilization, he urges a spiritual awakening to the fullness and variety of life's possibilities." The Grolier Hundred calls "Walden" an enduring "inspiration to nature-lovers, to philosophers, to sociologists, to those of a Calvin Coolidge turn, and to persons who love to read the English language written with clarity." The book was printed in July of 1854 and published on the 9th of August; there are ads in various copies dated April, May, June, September, or October of 1854 or September of 1855. While BAL says that there is "no known bibliographical significance" to the differences, it would seem that having ads with the earliest date available would be preferable. (CFB1716)
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PJP Catalog: 72.237