"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived": First Edition of Henry David Thoreau's Walden

  • Walden; or, Life in the Woods.
  • Walden; or, Life in the Woods.

Walden; or, Life in the Woods.


Item Number: 88458

Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854.

First edition of Thoreau’s masterpiece. Octavo, original brown cloth with eight pages of advertisements inserted between rear endpapers. Title-page vignette of Thoreau’s cottage and lithographed map of Walden Pond. In very good condition with only light wear to the spine. Allen 8; Borst A2.1.a; BAL 20106. A very sharp example of this work.

"[Walden] still seems to me the best youth's companion yet written by an American, for it carries a solemn warning against the loss of one's valuables, it advances a good argument for traveling light and trying new adventures, it rings with the power of powerful adoration, it contains religious feeling without religious images, and it steadfastly refuses to record bad news" (E. B. White, Yale Review, 1954).

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