The Maine Woods

Leather Thoreau - Rare First Edition

Publisher Ticknor And Fields
Year 1864
Edition FIRST
Printing FIRST
Pages 328
Binding Leather
Condition Very Good
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Ticknor and Fields, 1864. FIRST EDITION, first printing (earliest variant w/o any ads yet bound in by publisher.) Printed in 1864, Boston. Overall excellent condition having been newly rebound in full green Morrocan leather, new gray endpages, all pages firmly bound and complete, some pages minimal edge chipping, sporadic mild foxing, former owners signature in two places plus two faint stamps from the “Redwood (Newport RI) Library” – the very first lending library in the United Stated established in 1740! (As Walden Pond and most all of Thoreau’s works centered in New England, the connection with this world famous library is a most interesting addition to this great work.) Many consider this work of Thoreau’s even a greater impetus for environmental awareness than his more heralded “Walden..” First Edition of Thoreau's fourth book, which consisted of only 1450 copies (per Borst; Blanck says 1650). Thoreau's three earlier books had been A WEEK ON THE CONCORD AND MERRIMACK RIVERS, WALDEN, and (after his death) EXCURSIONS. It contains three accounts of trips to Maine: "Ktaadn" (Union Magazine 1848), describing an excursion to Mt. Ktaadn [now Katahdin] in 1846; "Chesuncook" (Atlantic Monthly 1858), about a journey from Bangor to Chesuncook Lake in 1853, with an Indian guide, Joe Aitteon; and "The Allegash and East Branch" [first appearance in print], concerned with a voyage (1857) with 'a relative' and the Indian guide, Joe Polis. During this excursion, Thoreau made an extended study of Polis, "one of the aristocracy" of the Penobscot Indians, a silent, capable hunter and backwoodsman. The editor of these papers, though unnamed, was William Ellery Channing the younger. Thoreau's appendices include lists of the "Trees," "Flowers and Shrubs," "Plants," "Birds" and "Quadrupeds" that he saw, plus his "Outfit for an Excursion" and a "List of Indian Words." 328 pages including appendix.