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THOREAU, Henry David.

A Yankee in Canada.

With Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers.

Published: Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866

Stock code: 79533

Price: £1,500

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First edition in binding variant with wreath centrepieces and sans serif lettering. Neither the design nor the cloth variant are listed in BAL, unsurprising as a number of binding styles were used on the first edition with no precedence. The volume recounts Thoreau’s 1850 trip to Canada and includes ten essays such as the influential “Civil Disobedience”, on the individual’s responsibility to resist immoral government policies such as slavery and the Mexican-American war. Also included is “A Plea for Captain John Brown”, first delivered as a speech in 1859 when Thoreau was one of the only abolitionists to publicly support the imprisoned man after the raid on Harper’s Ferry. This essay helped to shift northern opinion in favour of Brown and radical action against slavery in the lead-up to the Civil War. A lovely copy, Thoreau’s works are rare in such excellent condition.

Octavo. Original purple diamond-patterned cloth, titles to spine gilt, brown coated endpapers, boards blocked in blind with eight-point cornerpieces and central wreath. With a later cloth protector. Spine rolled, with a small chip from the cloth at the head. Binding tight and cloth fresh. A beautiful copy.

Bibliography: BAL 20117.

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