(Boston and New York: The Riverside Press, 1896). 195 x 130 mm. (7 3/4 x 5 1/8"). Two volumes. First Illustrated Edition.
Very pretty early 20th century blue three-quarter morocco over blue marbled boards, raised bands, compartments with gilt lettering and pleasing gilt garlands framed with gilt rules, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Each volume with color frontispiece and numerous marginal color illustrations, all chromolithographs, by Amelia Watson. Front free endpaper of first volume INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE ILLUSTRATOR; verso of pastedown with ink ownership signature. Spines slightly sunned, but in very fine condition inside and out.
Sensitively illustrated by an artist intimately connected with New England and renowned for her watercolors, the present work combines a classic piece of literature with the turn-of-the-century fashion for decorative and extra-illustrated books. Transcendentalist poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) began visiting Cape Cod in 1849, making numerous walking trips along the coast and observing the dynamic and sometimes violent relationship between shore and sea. Based series of articles and first published posthumously in 1865, this work contains the characteristically perceptive descriptions of nature one would expect from the writer of "Walden," expressing the author's awe of the coastline and the truths and discoveries that he finds there. Amelia Watson (1856-1934) worked as a professional artist from an early age. A lifelong Connecticut resident, she was an instructor at the Hartford Art School and also taught at the Martha's Vineyard Summer Institute for more than 20 years. The illustrations here were inspired and informed by a trip to Cape Cod, and include delicate depictions of the area's flora, landscapes, and homes, all drawn from direct experience. When we buy finely bound volumes, we generally shy away from half or quarter bindings, but these are so appealing and in such fine condition that we happily made an exception. (ST15198f)
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PJP Catalog: RCVF20.050