Lot 201 of 721:
First Edition of Thoreau's Walden 1854  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$14,400
Estimate:
$5,000 - $8,000

Title:
Walden; Or, Life in the Woods
Author:
Thoreau, Henry David
Place:
Boston
Publisher:
Ticknor and Fields
Date:
1854
Description:

357, [1 blank] + 8 ad pp. Wood-engraved vignette on title-page. Illustrated with a map of Walden Pond. (8vo) 18x11 cm (7x4¼"), original blind-stamped brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Modern slipcase. First Edition.

First edition of one of the landmarks in American letters: "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 which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours" (p.346). The ads in this copy are dated May, 1854. BAL declares that the dates of the ads have "no known bibliographical significance". 2000 copies of the first edition were printed. BAL 20106. Early ownership signature, T. Lincoln, on front endpaper. Provenance: Marjorie Alice Beyer Gould.

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Condition:
Light wear to extremities; a few signatures slightly sprung, some foxing; very good.
 
Item number:
288394
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