Books in Stock By or About Henry David Thoreau
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Henry David Thoreau
(1817 - 1862)

Author, naturalist, surveyor, historian, poet, abolitionist and philosopher.

Best known for his classic work: Walden

"Would it not be well for us to consider if our deed will warrant the expense of nature?"

Henry David Thoreau

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  • Click on Image to expandAllen, Francis:  A Bibliography of Henry David Thoreau.  New York: Johnson Reprint Company, (1908) 1967. Reprint of 1967. Near fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and front board. An octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" with very slight fading to the cloth at the head of the spine and front board. Without a dust jacket as issued. 201 pages including and index. A facsimile reprint of the original edition published in 1908.
    TB26221  $25.00


  • Canby, Henry Seidel:  Thoreau.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1939. . Very good- in red buckram cloth covered boards with gilt on black title blocks on the spine and on the front board. The cloth at the head and heel of the spine are rubbed, the spine is faded and the end papers are foxed at the hinge areas due to a reaction with the glue used in binding the book. Without its issued dust jacket. A biography of of Henry David Thoreau illustrated with reproductions of drawings, etchings and photographs. 508 pages including an index, text and illustrations. Tipped-in at the first free end paper is a short, typed letter signed by Canby under a The Saturday Review letterhead and dated January 24, 1940.
    TB16879  $25.00


  • Howarth, William:  The Literary Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau.  Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1974. First Edition, First printing. Fine in cream and light brown cloth covered boards with a gilt on black title block on the spine. In a fine dust jacket with the original price intact on the front flap. One of the volumes in the Calendars of American Literary Manuscripts "which provide the scholar and critic with readily accessible lists of the available and pre- and post-publication manuscript inscriptions of selected American authors." 408 pages of text, index and appendices which together provide a bibliographic evaluation of Thoreau's manuscripts.
    TB16882  $24.50


  • Howarth, William:  The Literary Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau.  Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1974. First Edition, First printing. Fine in cream and light brown cloth covered boards with a gilt on black title block on the spine. In a near fine dust jacket with the original price intact on the front flap with a tiny 1/8" closed tear at the upper edge of the front panel. One of the volumes in the Calendars of American Literary Manuscripts "which provide the scholar and critic with readily accessible lists of the available and re- and post-publication manuscript inscriptions of selected American authors." 408 pages of text, index and appendices which together provide a bibliographic evaluation of Thoreau's manuscripts.
    TB16883  $15.00


  • Lee, Harry:  More Day To Dawn The Story of Thoreau of Concord.  New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1941. First Edition, First printing. Very good+ in silver colored cloth covered boards with white text on the spine with the end papers very slightly foxed and with a prior owner's name and gift inscription on the front end paper. In a very good- dust jacket with the price intact on the front flap but with 1/4" chipping across the upper edge of the spine area, 1/8" chips across the lower edge of the spine area which is also tanned and with small chips at the fore corners of the panels with a long closed tear at the fold to the front flap. A biography of Henry David Thoreau. 167 pages of text.
    TB16754  $17.50


  • Click on Image to expandMcCurdy, Michael:  Thoreau at the Cabin.  Great Barrington, Mass.: Self Published, 1989. Limited Edition Etching. A fine broadside etching on wove paper measuring 16" by 12" with "Book Week New England 1990" printed in red across the top side of the image. The image of Henry David Thoreau standing at the open doorway of his cabin gazing in contemplation at Walden Pond measures roughly 8" by 6". There is a minor, 1/4" printer's smudge at the upper left hand corner of the sheet very close to the edge of the paper. One of only 100 numbered and signed copies with this one identified as number 37 and signed by the artist in pencil. Hand-printed in December, 1989 for the New England Booksellers' Association for Book Week New England 1990. The etching originally appeared in the Yolla Bolly edition of The Winged Life.
    TB29445  $125.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcCurdy and Henry David Thoreau, Michael:  Thoreau.  Lincoln, Mass.: Pemaen Press, May 1977. Limited Edition Broadside. A fine broadside on ivory colored paper measuring 20" by 32" with "Henry David Thoreau" printed in red below Thoreau's image. Beneath his image and name appears a passage which is from Thoreau's second book - Walden: " I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." This copy is signed in ink and numbered 54 out of only 200 copies so signed and numbered by the artist, Michael McCurdy. At the upper left of the paper is a faint, one inch tea or coffee stain which is at the extreme edge of the paper.
    TB29446  $150.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry:  Walden; Or, Life In The Woods.  Boston: Ticknor And Fields, 1854. First Edition, First Printing. Very good+ in its original vertically ribbed, brown cloth with blind embossing on both boards and blind embossed bands on the spine which is also decorated with gilt lettering. A 12mo of 7 1/16 by 4 3/8 inches with several closed tears to the head and heel of the spine which have been professionally repaired on the reverse side of the headcap. There are two, small black ink marks on the upper corner of the front board and there is an early prior owner's name, date of "Sept. 21st 1855" and location of Worcester (Massachusetts) on the first free end page. Pages 263 through 350 have a light dampness stain in the upper margins none of which impact on the printing. The cloth at the lower tips of the boards is worn through. The joints and hinges are tight and strong and there are no pages loose or ragged. Vary pale yellow end sheets with 357 numbered pages of text followed by eight pages of publisher's ads dated May, 1854 sewn between the rear end sheet. The book is contained within a fine, cloth covered slip case of a color in harmony with the cloth covers of the book. Illustrated with an engraving on the title page and Thoreau's map of Walden Pond facing page 307. This classic of American literature only saw 2,000 first edition copies printed. (BAL, 20106; Borst, A2.1.a)
    TB29350  $10500.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry:  A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers.  Boston and Cambridge: James Munroe And Company, 1849. First Edition, First and only Printing. Very good- in its original, light brown, wavy cloth covered boards blind stamped with a five-rule border on both boards. This copy has been professionally rebacked preserving the majority of the original spine strip and retaining the original end sheets. A small octavo of 7 13/16 by 4 3/4 inches with the cloth worn through at the fore edges of the boards and in sections along the upper and lower edges of the boards. The front hinge is starting and there are occasional marginal pencil marks in the text. Heavy erasures of the front and rear most end sheets have also caused two small holes in those pages. There is a minor tanning to the interior of the facing pages 112 and 113 perhaps from two small leaves having been pressed within the book. Lastly, the page announcing the imminent publication of Walden is missing a 1 1/2 inch chip from its upper fore corner. That chip has no impact on the printed text on that page. 413 pages of text followed by a one page announcement stating Walden "will soon be published". It is important to note that due to a printer's error the last three lines of page 396 are missing. Those lines have been written out in pencil perhaps by the author or the author's sister as indicated in both BAL and Borst. The printer's errors on page 120 and 139 have not been either noted or corrected. This was Thoreau's first book, which he had to pay for to get published. Unfortunately, it did not sell well. From bibliographic sources, we infer that this copy is most likely one of the 256 bound, unsold copies returned to Thoreau in October 1853 by the publisher. In 1862 Ticknor and Fields purchased 145 bound copies and the 450 unbound sheets from Thoreau. During the intervening years Thoreau either gave away or sold 111 of the bound copies. In that time Thoreau discovered the missing lines on page 396. In some of those bound copies either Thoreau or his sister, Sophia Thoreau, and an unknown third individual added the missing lines on the lower portion of that page in pencil. Expert opinion indicates that this handwriting is not that of either Thoreau or his sister. (BAL 20104; Borst A1.1.a1; Howes T-220)
    TB29389  $10500.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry:  A Yankee In Canada With Anti-Slavery And Reform Papers.  Boston: Ticknor And Fields, 1866. First Edition. Very near fine with an expertly rebacked spine with the original back strip laid-down with all of the original gilt text. The boards are covered with the original, wavy brown cloth with blind embossed borders and blind stamped wreath on both boards. This is the "A" binding as defined by BAL. A 12mo of 7 by 4 1/2 inches with the front and rear hinges professionally reinforced with Japanese tissue and preserving the original end sheets. The contents are clean and bright with no staining, foxing or tanning and with no prior ownership markings of any kind. Housed in a fine black paper covered slip case. The first 78 pages are devoted to A Yankee In Canada. That text if followed by 286 pages of text cover Thoreau's essays on Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers. One of only 1,546 copies printed. (BAL, 20116; Borst, A.7.1a)
    TB29396  $1300.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry:  Excursions.  Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1863. First Edition. Very good+ in the publisher's original dark green "sawtooth" cloth covered boards with copper colored text and decorations and text on the spine, blind embossed borders with a blind stamped wreath on both boards and brown coated end papers. A 12mo of 7 by 4 1/2 inches with the cloth at the head and heel of the spine worn in small spots. An early prior owner's name on the verso of the first free end page. As is typically seen the frontispiece portrait of Thoreau shows light spots of foxing which has bled through the facing tissue guard to the title page. The contents are otherwise predominantly free of foxing and tanning. 319 pages of text the first 29 pages of which is a biographical sketch of Thoreau written by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson. The first edition of this title consisted of only 1,500 bound copies of 1,558 printed. It was the first of his books to carry an image (an engraved frontispiece) of the author. (BAL 20111; Borst A3.1.a)
    TB29397  $900.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry:  Winter: From The Journal of Henry D. Thoreau.  Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888 (c1887). First Edition, First printing. Very near fine in its original green cloth covered beveled boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and a gilt embossed facsimile of the author's signature on the front board and black coated end papers. The cloth at the head and heel of the spine iss lightly rubbed as is the cloth at the upper and lower tips of the boards. Page 207/208 has a hole at the spine edge of the text about 1/2 way down the page of approximately 3/8" in diameter. On the front paste down is a very handsome, one inch square, black leather book plate of Burton Currie. The hinges and joints are tight and strong and the contents are free of any tanning or foxing. Edited by H. G. O. Blake. 439 pages including an index followed by a 14 page advertisement from Houghton Mifflin. This was the third of Thoreau's "four seasons" which followed Early Spring and Summer. Published records indicate that only 1,550 copies of the first printing of this title were produced making this a very uncommon title in highly collectable condition. (BAL, 20129; Borst, A.10.1a)
    TB29387  $600.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry David:  Autumn: From The Journal of Henry D. Thoreau.  Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Comapny, 1892. First Edition, First printing. Very near fine in the publisher's green cloth covered beveled boards with gilt text stamping on the spine, a gilt stamped facsimile of the author's signature on the front board and black end papers with the top edge of the text block gilt. A small octavo measuring 7 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches with just a hint of rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine and with the title page tanned as a newspaper clipping had been left over it for too long. The contents are clean, neat and without any tanning or foxing. This was the last of the four "seasons" to be published. Only 1,020 copies of the first edition were printed. This title was the last of Thoreau's four "seasons" to be published from his journal after his death. An extremely handsome, clean and tight copy with no weakness to the hinges or joints and no damage to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine. 470 pages including an index. (BAL 20130; Borst A11.1.a)
    TB29388  $600.00


  • Click on Image to expandThoreau, Henry David:  Cape Cod.  Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1865. First Edition, First printing. Fine in a recent, professionally rebound full leather (calf) binding with five raised bands on the spine and a gilt on red leather spine label in one of the compartments. The end sheets are an attractive marbled paper. A 12mo measuring 7" by 4 1/2" with no prior ownership markings of any kind. Without a dust jacket. 252 pages of text. The publisher's ads at the end of the text are not present. The first printing of this title included only 2,000 copies. A very tight, clean and handsome copy in a very attractive full leather binding. (Allen, p. 19; Borst, A5, 1a.; BAL 20115)
    TB27766  $550.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry David:  The Maine Woods.  Boston: Tickner And Fields, 1864. First Edition. Very good in dark green patterned cloth (zigzag) covered boards with decorative blind stamping on the boards. The spine has been rebacked in a similar colored cloth to the cloth on the boards and there is a gilt stamped title label on a gray background. A 12mo measuring 7 1/8" by 4 3/8" with coated brown end sheets. The cloth on the boards worn through at the tips of the boards and in parts of the fore edges with two different prior owner's names written in pencil on the first and second free end pages. There is also a dampness stain at the upper corners of the margins of the second free end page, the third free end page and the title page. There is also an unusual stain to the margins of page 86 and 87. 328 pages including the appendix which is followed by 23 pages of ads by the publisher which are dated "June, 1864" the last page of which is an ad for The Atlantic Monthly, Magazine of Literature, Art, and Politics. The page facing the title page shows a list of Thoreau's books published by Ticknor And Fields with the sizes and prices of each book listed. One of only 1,650 copies of the first edition printed. (BAL, 20113; Borst, A4.1.a; Allen, p17)
    TB28117  $300.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry:  Summer: From The Journal Of Henry D. Thoreau.  Boston: Houghton, Mifflin And Company, 1884. First Edition. Very good in its original dark green cloth covered, beveled boards with gilt text on the spine and a facsimile of the author's signature in gilt on the front board. A small octavo of 7 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches with the cloth at the heel of the spine worn down to the lower edge of the text block, rubbing and light wear to the cloth at the head of the spine, with an early prior owner's book plate on the front paste down and the rear hinge is starting. Without a dust jacket. A selection from Thoreau's Journal edited by H. G. O. Blake. 382 pages including an index followed by sixteen pages of ads from the publisher. Illustrated with a two-page map of Concord, Mass. as of 1852 placed before the title page. The fold-out, frontispiece map is in fine condition. The publisher's records indicate that only 1,260 copies (1,250 per Borst) of the first printing were produced. (BAL 20127; Borst A9.1.a and Allen p.26)
    TB29384  $300.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesThoreau, Henry David:  Early Spring In Massachusetts From The Journal of Henry D. Thoreau.  Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, c1881. Early Reprint. Very good in its original green cloth covered beveled boards with gilt text stamping on the spine, a gilt stamped facsimile of the author's signature on the front board and black end papers with the top edge of the text block gilt. A small octavo measuring 7 1/2" by 5" with two short closed tears to the cloth at the heel of the spine, light rubbing and wear to the cloth at the head of the spine and with an early prior owner's name and date on the second free end page. The contents are exceptionally clean and bright with no signs of tanning or foxing. There are several, minor marginal notes in pencil on pages 42, 194 and 310. This was the first of the four "seasons" to be published. Only 1,024 copies of the first edition were printed. A collectible, clean and tight copy with no weakness to the hinges or joints. Extremely scarce in first edition. 318 pages of text. (BAL 20123; Borst, A8.1.a)
    TB29385  $200.00


  • Click on Image to expandThoreau, Henry David:  Henry D. Thoreau to Elizabeth Oakes Smith.  Ysleta, Texas: Edwin B. Hill, 1942. First Edition, First printing. A single woven sheet of folded paper to make four pages in very good condition with a 1/4" hole near the fold in the margins of the text without loss to the text itself. The front inside page reads: "The following letter was written by Henry David Thoreau in his capacity as Secretary of the Cocnord Lyceum. It was addressed to Elizabeth Oakes Smith, an advocate of women's rights and one of the earliest woman lecturers in America." The letter is dated Feb. 19, 1855 and consists of 33 lines of text. One of only sixty copies printed. (BAL 20158; Borst A29.1)
    TB18364  $125.00


  • Click on Image to expandThoreau, Henry David:  Sic Vita! Henry David Thoreau 1862-1962.  N.P. (: The Siverado Press, 1962. First Limited Edition. Fine in illustrated light gray paper wraps with a sewn binding and deckeled edges. A small octavo measuring 8" high by 5 1/8" deep containing six leaves. A limited edition copy, one of only 380 copies of which this is numbered 249. Privately printed for The Thoreau Society Commemorating the Henry David Thoreau Centenary May 6, 1962 form a manuscript owned by Mr. Charles E. Feinberg. (BAL 20166; Borst A35.1)
    TB18365  $125.00


  • Thoreau, Henry David:  Walden or Life In The Woods.  Franklin Center, Penn.: The Franklin Press, 1976. A Limited Edition. Fine in full dark green leather covered boards with three raised bands on the spine with gilt text and decorations stamped in the compartments and with gilt tool work on both the front and rear boards. The end papers are silk with a matching silk placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. All three edges of the text block are in gilt. An octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 5 3/4" containing 408 pages of text. Illustrated with drawings by Ronald Keller. One of the volumes in The Franklin Press' collection of The 100 Greatest Books of All Time. A very fine, tight, clean and crisp copy with no names, dates, notations or former owner's book plates.
    TB28147  $80.00


  • Click on Image to expandThoreau, Henry:  A Part of the Essay On Walking.  Boston: Private Printing for Thomas Todd, 1923. Reprint. Very good in light blue paper covered boards with a printed, paper label on the front board. A small octavo of 8 by 5 1/2 inches with the upper 1/4" of the spine area missing with light soiling around the edges of the fly title page. The contents are otherwise clean bright and remain tight and strong in the binding. Without a dust jacket. Laid-in at the front of the book is a calling card of Thomas Todd. 11 pages of text.
    TB29509  $45.00


  • Click on Image to expandThoreau, Henry David:  The Annotated Walden. Walden; or, Life in the Woods. Together with "Civil Disobedience," a detailed chronology and various pieces about its author, the writing and publishing of the Book.  New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., (1970). First Edition, First Printing. Fine in 1/4 yellow cloth covered boards with black text on the spine and map end sheets. A quarto measuring 11" by 8 1/2". In a very near fine, price clipped dust jacket with three short (1/8") closed tears at the upper edge of the spine area with related creasing and rubbing to the fold to the rear panel. Edited, with an introduction, notes and bibliography by Philip Van Doren Stern. 502 pages including an index, bibliography and text. Illustrated with reproductions of contemporary works of art, maps, portraits, manuscript pages, photographs and engravings. This title includes details regarding Thoreau and publication of his book: Walden. The text is set up in two-column pages with the original text of Walden in the first column and with the editor's annotations in the second column. A very bright and clean copy with no prior ownership markings or book plates.
    TB29181  $40.00


  • Thoreau, Henry David:  On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.  Valparaiso, Ind.: Sandlin's Books & Bindery, Inc., 1992. Limited Edition Printing. Fine in brown linen covered boards with with a paper label on the spine and on the front board. Without a dust jacket as issued. This volume remains in the publisher's original shrink wrap protection. One of only 200 limited edition copies bound in brown linen. This copy is numbered on the last page of the text. A octavo measuring 8 9/16" high by 5 9/16" deep overall containing 61 numbered pages followed by five leaves. A very attractive printing quite suitable as a gift to any lover of Thoreau's works.
    TB19632  $25.00


  • Click on Image to expandThoreau, Henry David:  Wild Fruits Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript.  New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2000. First Trade Paperback Edition. Fine in heavy, paper, printed wraps with light soiling to the front panel. An octavo (trade paperback) measuring 9" by 7". Without a dust jacket as issued. 411 pages including an index, a list of works cited, editor's notes, a glossary of botanical terms, a Thoreau chronology, text and illustrated with line drawings thoughout and with a two-page map following the index.
    TB26168  $15.00


  • Click on Image to expandThoreau Society, :  Thoreau Society Bulletin Numbers 1-100 October 1941-Summer 1967 With Index.  New York: Johnson Reprint Corporation, (1970). First Reprinting. Near fine in light green cloth covered boards with a gilt on green title block on the spine. A quarto measuring 12" by 9" with faint traces of rubbing to the decorations on the spine. Without a dust jacket. Unpaginated.
    TB27721  $125.00




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