Land des Verkäufers
David R. Godine, Boston, 1969
Hardcover. First published in 1860 in James Redpath's ECHOES OF HARPER'S FERRY, this is the first separate book printing of the first defense of John Brown. Copy #XXIX of only 50 numbered copies bound by hand in morocco-backed boards of a total edition of 750, an early example from this press. Fine. Artikel-Nr.: 007039.
Godine, Boston, 1969
John Sartain & Co, Philadelphia, 1852
Disbound. First English Edition. A non-contiguous assemblage of material from Sartain's Union Magazine and Godey's Lady's Book from 1851 and 1852. The volume, missing the front board, would benefit from being disassembled and rebound in it's component parts - half title pages are mis-matched, engravings are found in odd places, etc. We have not collated this volume and cannot guarantee completeness of the other articles, engravings, etc other than to note that the Verne and Thoreau articles noted in this description are present and complete, and that the issue title pages are also present, hence the pricing at well below "market values". There are numerous other interesting items in this assemblage including an early poem with color plate, Godey engravings, etc etc. Disbound. Contains 2 literary giants in original publications before they were well known - Jules Verne, and Henry David Thoreau. The Verne piece , "A Voyage in a Balloon" was translated from the French by Anne T. Wilbur. Taves and Michaluk (V012, p 143) note that "This was apparently the first time Verne ever appeared in English . The assemblage also contains "The Iron Horse" and "A Poet Buying a Farm" both by Thoreau. These articles are notable for being early contributions to Thoreau's famous work "Walden, Or Life in the Woods" published in 1854, which detailed his personal experiences and reflections near Walden Pond in Concord Massachusetts. First English Edition. Good. Artikel-Nr.: 21741.
West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company (Westvaco), New York, 1966
Limited Editions Club, [Lunenburg], 1975
Hardcover. Octavo (6-1/2" x 9-7/8") bound in green buckram and green marbled paper; 352 pages. Introduction by Charles R. Anderson. Printed at the Stinehour Press. Copy #1657 of 2000 numbered copies illustrated with drawings by Raymond Holden and SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. Bookplate on the verso of the front free endpaper, otherwise Fine in a just about Fine slipcase with light wear to the label. Raymond Holden. Artikel-Nr.: 020411.
Limited Editions Club, [Lunenburg], 1975
Hardcover. Octavo (6-1/2" x 9-7/8") bound in green buckram and green marbled paper; 352 pages. Introduction by Charles R. Anderson. Printed at the Stinehour Press. Copy #887 of 2000 numbered copies illustrated with drawings by Raymond Holden and SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. Raymond Holden. Fine in a Fine slipcase. Artikel-Nr.: 018584.
Limited Editions Club, [Lunenburg], 1975
Hardcover. Octavo (6-1/2" x 9-7/8") bound in green buckram and green marbled paper; 352 pages. Introduction by Charles R. Anderson. Printed at the Stinehour Press. One of 2000 numbered copies illustrated with drawings by Raymond Holden and SIGNED by the artist on the colophon page. Monthly Letter laid in. Fine in glassine and a Fine slipcase. Raymond Holden. Artikel-Nr.: 002199.
Ticknor & Fields, Boston, 1862
Hardcover. Original green Z cloth, Binding D, no priority. BAL 20104 notes this binding only in green P cloth. Borst A1.1.a notes only copies in brown or purple cloth. The famous Second Issue of Thoreau's first book and, other than WALDEN, the only of his books published in his lifetime. There were 1000 sets of sheets printed at the author's expense in 1849. The book did not sell well, and in 1853 the 706 remaining copies (256 bound copies and 450 in sheets) were shipped back to Thoreau, prompting the author to remark, "I have now a library of nearly nine hundred volumes, over seven hundred of which I wrote myself." Over the years Thoreau occasionally sold or gave away copies. Ticknor & Fields purchased the remaining 145 bound copies and 450 unbound copies from Thoreau in 1862, publishing the book with a cancel title page and leaving the final leaf advertising the upcoming publication of WALDEN intact. As has often been noted, whoever owns a copy of this issue owns a copy once in Thoreau's library. This issue is scarcer than the First Issue of 1849, and with its personal association with Thoreau, it is quite desirable. A large, skimmed spot at the center of the front blank with slight effect on the title page is the only defect to this otherwise gorgeous copy. A spectacular example of this scarce book. First Edition. Artikel-Nr.: 015685.
Westvaco Corporation,, n.p.:, 1966
Hardcover. Fine in 1/4 green cloth and printed paper covered boards with illustrated paper end sheets. Tipped-in on the front paste down is a gift presentation slip to the original owner signed by two Westvaco empolyees. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, the book is contained within a near fine, illustrated paper covered slip case the closed end of which is tanned. The Christmas 1966 issue by Westvaco which is the 9th volume in Westvaco's annual American Classic series. (208) pages of text illustrated with woodcuts and decorations. Limited Edition. Artikel-Nr.: TB23482.
Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1980
James Munroe And Company,, Boston and Cambridge:, 1849
Hardcover. 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). First Edition, First and only Printing. Artikel-Nr.: TB29389.
WALTER SCOTT, 1111
349 pages. No dust jacket. Green cloth. Pages remain bright and clear with minimal tanning and foxing. Heavier tanning to endpapers. Boards have moderate shelf-wear with bumping to corners and rubbing to surfaces. Light tanning and crushing to spine. Fair. Artikel-Nr.: 1598360475ADA.
Walter Scott, London, 1889
349 (+6 ads) pp. 1 vols. 8vo. First English Edition, First Printing. 349 (+6 ads) pp. 1 vols. 8vo. BAL 20187; Borst A1.4b dark blue cloth, paper spine label. Spine darkened, boards a bit bent and wrinkled. First English Edition, First Printing. Artikel-Nr.: 55642.
London; Walter Scott Limited, ., 1895
Second English Edition. Octavo, pp. xviii, , 349, ,  advertisements. Frontispiece of Thoreau's Cove. Publishers' olive green cloth with gilt titles and ruling to spine, and border in blind to boards; top edge stained green, others untrimmed. In the original 1895 unclipped beige dust-jacket. A clean crisp copy, with no annotation or inscriptions. Jacket ever so slightly toned with minor loss head of spine and a little wear at corners. A Fine copy in a Near Fine dust-jacket. Prefatory note by Will H. Dircks dated 1889. Thoreau's classic account of a boat trip in 1839, partly written as a tribute to his brother John, with whom he travelled and who died in 1842. Ostensibly a travel journal Thoreau interweaves the narrative with his musings on art, history, poetry and religion. A scarce book, especially so in the rare, well preserved late 19th c. dust-jacket. Borst, Raymond R. Henry David Thoreau: A Descriptive Bibliography. P. 11. Artikel-Nr.: 7656.
Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1961
The Easton Press,, Norwalk, Conn.:, 1981
Hardcover. Fine in full dark green leather covered boards with four 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. A small quarto measuring 9 3/4" by 6 3/8" containing 327 pages of text. Illustrated with drawings by R. J. Holden. One of the volumes in The Easton Press' collection of Masterpieces of American Literature. A beautiful, tight, clean copy with no names, dates, notations or former owner's book plates. Collector's Edition. Artikel-Nr.: TB28288.
Easton, Norwalk, 1981
hardcover. With an introduction by Charles R. Anderson and illustrated by R. J. Holden. 327pp. 8vo, gilt-stamped green leather, a.e.g. Norwalk: Easton Press, (1981). A fine copy. Masterpieces of American Literature series. Holden, R. J. fine. Artikel-Nr.: 300818.
The Limited Editions Club,, Avon, Conn.:, 1975
Hardcover. Fine in 3/4 dark green cloth and marbled paper covered boards with two gilt on black title blocks on the spine and map end sheets. A small quarto measuring 10" by 6 1/2". The book is contained within a fine, black paper covered slip case. On the last page of text this copy is identified as number 1,413 out of 2,000 copies made for the members of the Limited Editions Club. Additionally, the book is signed by the illustrator, R. J. Holden. 327 pages of text with illustrations within the text by R. J. Holden. With an introduction by Charles R. Anderson. Laid-in at the front of the book is the publisher's 8 page monthly letter describing this title. Limited Edition. Artikel-Nr.: TB27984.
Limited Editions Club, Avon, 1975
hardcover. With an Introduction by Charles R. Anderson. Illustrations by R. J. Holden. Endpaper maps. 327pp. Tall 8vo, 3/4 cloth, board slipcase. Avon, Connecticut: The Limited Editions Club, 1975. Fine. One of 2000 numbered copies signed by the illustrator. R. J. Holden. Limited. fine. Artikel-Nr.: 228883.
Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston, 1881
415 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. New and Revised edition. 415 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Not in Borst ( who cites that H,M. changed binding style to conform to its other Thoreau titles in 1881, as here Original burnt orange cloth, gilt spine. Almost fine. Bookplate of Harper. Signed on ffep Margaret Chamberlain Saratoga July 1882. New and Revised edition. Artikel-Nr.: 247531.
Ticknor and Fields, Boston, 1862
413, pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Second edition. 413, pp. 1 vols. 12mo. In 1862, Ticknor & Fields bought 145 bound copies and 450 unbound copies directly from Thoreau, printed and inserted a new title page, and re-issued them. This is the scarcest issue. Allen p.5; BAL 20104; Borst A1.1 Original purple ribbed cloth, spine slightly sunned. Laid into a quarter green morocco and cloth slipcase and chemise. Bookplate of Henry Andrews Ingraham. Second edition. Artikel-Nr.: 313710.
James Munroe and Company, Boston and Cambridge, 1849
First edition of the author's first book. 413,  pp. With terminal advertisement leaf announcing "Will Soon Be Published Walden, or Life in the Woods .". 1 vols. 8vo. Thoreau's First Book, With an Unrecorded Contemporary Review : 'Rare Merits'. A notable copy of Thoreau's first book, largely overlooked when initially published, and now a recognized classic. Emerson famously declined to review his friend's book; but the present copy makes it clear that some did commit their opinions to print: tipped in at the verso of the announcement for Walden is a 500-word review of the 'Week', signed in type "F.", and with initials "O.B.F." in ink below, in the hand of Octavius Brooks Frothingham (1822-1895), Harvard class of 1843, Divinity School class of 1846, and in 1849 the minister of the North Church in Salem, Mass. It is likely from a Salem paper, possibly the Observer. Thoreau's lectures were announced in the paper, and in the early 1850s, Frothingham had pamphlets printed at the Observer print shop and his discourses were reported in the paper. Frothingham's biographer Caruthers (page 28): "One wonders what he thought of Henry Thoreau, who in Frothingham's later History of Transcendentalism, received a mere parenthetical reference." This can now be answered. The review opens as follows: In looking over this book we have been agreeably disappointed. [.] With all this, however, Mr. Thoreau's book has rare merits. The author is an enthusiast and a scientific one upon the works and scenes of Nature [.] This copy includes 2 pencil corrections in the margins, likely in Thoreau's hand, executed in the text in ink in a precise hand (almost certainly that of Frothingham): at p. 120, wash; at p. 139, diency, experience corrected in ink to expediency. After he moved to Jersey City and New York, Frothingham became a champion of nonsectarian religious thought, and wrote frequent criticism, reviewing, for example, Renan's Life of Jesus for the Christian Examiner in 1863. He was also the first historian of Transcendentalism, whose work, Transcendentalism in New England (1876), remains the most comprehensive in its historical scope (yet even when it first appeared, it was faulted for neglecting Thoreau). This review is not recorded in Borst's Henry David Thoreau, A Reference Guide (1987), nor in Scharnhorst (1992) or Cameron's two Supplements (1997). It is notable that no reference is made to Thoreau's theology, which so incensed other contemporaries; and that the reviewer has identified Thoreau as an important writer on nature in the line of Gilbert White. A contemporary copy with AN UNREPORTED REVIEW OF THOREAU'S FIRST BOOK. BAL 20104; Borst A1.1.a; for Frothingham, see: Caruthers, Octavius Brooks Frothingham, Gentle Radical (Univ. of Alabama Pr., 1977) Original brown blindstamped cloth. Spine perished, boards edgeworn and detached. Textblock clean and sound. Review of the book tipped in at end on verso of advertisement leaf and facing blank (clipping partly toned). Half morocco slipcase and chemise 413,  pp. With terminal advertisement leaf announcing "Will Soon Be Published Walden, or Life in the Woods .". 1 vols. 8vo First edition of the author's first book. Artikel-Nr.: 261635.
Boston. Houghton Mifflin Company., 1893
20 x 13 cm. (XVII) 531 S. OPb. Teilweise unaufgeschinitten, altersbedingte Papierbräunung sonst ordentliches Exemplar. = Riverside Edition: The writings of Henry David Thoreau with bibliographical introductions and full indexes, Volume 1. Sprache: englisch. Artikel-Nr.: 14773EB.
Ticknor and Fields, Boston, 1862
First edition, first issue, of Thoreau's first book, one of only 1000 copies printed and 595 copies returned to Thoreau and purchased by Ticknor and Fields for reissue. Octavo, original publishers cloth stamped in blind with gilt titles to the spine. With the Ticknor and Fields cancel title leaf and advertisement at rear. From the library of American book collector and commodore of the New Rochelle Yacht Club Frank Maier with his illustrated bookplate to the pastedown. In near fine condition with the gilt lettering to the spine bright. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example. One of the best-known failures in American publishing history, Thoreau printed his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, at his own expense after several failed attempts to find a publisher. Despite some good reviews, the first edition (consisting of one thousand copies) did not sell. Thoreau wrote, "For a year or two past, my publisher, falsely so called, has been writing from time to time to ask what disposition should be made of the copies of A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers still on hand, and at last suggesting that he had use for the room they occupied in his cellar. So I had them all sent to me here, and they have arrived today by express, filling the man's wagon-706 copies out of an edition of 1000 which I bought of Munroe four years ago and have ever since been paying for, and have not quite paid for yet. The wares are sent to me at last, and I have an opportunity to examine my purchase. Of the remaining two hundred and ninety and odd, seventy-five were given away, the rest sold. I have now a library of nearly nine hundred volumes, over seven hundred of which I wrote myself" (Harding, 254). In 1862, 595 copies of the first edition were bought from Thoreau by Ticknor and Fields and rebound with a new title page bearing their imprint and an original ad for Walden, which at that point had been in print for eight years. Artikel-Nr.: 103210.
Ticknor & Fields, Boston, 1866
Hardcover. Bound in modern half dark green morocco leather and marbled boards with matching morocco corners with new endpapers. BAL 20117: only 1546 copies printed. Borst A7.1.a notes 1500 copies printed. Edited by Sophia Thoreau. Distinguished for its containing, in addition to the title piece, the first book publication of "Civil Disobedience" and "Life Without Principle," Thoreau's two most famous essays, as well as all of his major political writings. "Civil Disobedience" influenced, among others, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. who cited it as his first intellectual contact with the theory of nonviolent resistance. Internally Fine in a Fine, attractive binding. First Edition. Artikel-Nr.: 019246.
Ticknor and Fields, Boston, 1866
[iv], 286 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. First edition. [iv], 286 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Includes the first appearance in a volume of Thoreau's writings of "Civil Disodedience," which, "through its impact on Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., the anti-Nazi movement in Europe in the 1940s, and anti-Vietnam War protesters in the 1970s, has had a wider political influence than any other American literary document" (ANB). BAL 20117; Borst A 7.1.a; Allen, 22-23; Downs, Books That Changed America 8 Bound in publisher's zigzag textured green cloth. Ex-libris of J.A. Perkins Jr., Montreal. Front inner hinge tender, light rubbing to spine ends. Very good. First edition. Artikel-Nr.: 315453.
Ticknor and Fields, Boston, 1866
[iv], 286 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. First edition. [iv], 286 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Includes the first appearance in a volume of Thoreau's writings of "Civil Disodedience," which, "through its impact on Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., the anti-Nazi movement in Europe in the 1940s, and anti-Vietnam War protesters in the 1970s, has had a wider political influence than any other American literary document" (ANB) This copy inscribed on ffep "Theo Brown with the kind regards of S.[ophia] E.[lizabeth] Thoreau." Theophilus Brown, a Worcester tailor whose humor and charm attracted the city's intellectuals to his shop, and earned him the nickname "the wit of Worcester." Brown met Thoreau through their mutual friend H.G.O. Blake. BAL 20117; Borst A 7.1.a; Allen, 22-23; Downs, Books That Changed America 8 Bound in publisher's zigzag textured green cloth. Wear and splitting at the joints, inner joint splitting. Bookplate. Laid into a blue morocco slipcase ands chemise. First edition. Artikel-Nr.: 320721.
Ticknor and Fields, Boston, 1866
First edition, 12mo, pp. , 286; publisher's purple Z cloth, binding "A," brown-coated endpapers; spine sunned, cloth cracking along the bottom half of the lower joint, binding cocked, extremities rubbed, ex-Sturgis Library with bookplate, stamp on title page, and call number on spine; text a bit spotted; all else good and sound. Edited by William Ellery Channing and Sophia Thoreau. Contains the first book appearance of Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" and "Life without Principle." BAL 20117; Borst A7.1.a, noting that 1500 copies only were printed. Artikel-Nr.: 58746.
Penguin Classics, 1993
Gut/Very good: Buch bzw. Schutzumschlag mit wenigen Gebrauchsspuren an Einband, Schutzumschlag oder Seiten. / Describes a book or dust jacket that does show some signs of wear on either the binding, dust jacket or pages. Artikel-Nr.: M00140390855-V.
David R. Godine, Boston, 1969
First separate edition limited to 750 copies, 8vo, pp. , 32-; 2 oval vignette woodcut portraits; fine in orig. holland-backed boards, paper label on spine, publisher's slipcase. First published in Echoes of Harper's Ferry, Boston 1860, compiled by James Redpath; and later collected in Yankee in Canada. Borst A7.24. Artikel-Nr.: 12178.