The Manuscript Edition. Number 322 of 600 numbered sets, signed by the publisher on the limitation page. With a sample of Thoreau’s autograph tipped-in on the first front free endpaper, a clipped extract of a letter, holograph, in pencil, to Harrison Blake, Concord, 29 June 1858, concerning a proposed trip to the White Mountains in a covered wagon.
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20 volumes, octavo (220 147 mm). Contemporary brown half crushed morocco, titles and elaborate floral decoration to spines in compartments gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. With a fold-out map of Concord, reproductions of Thoreau’s journal illustrations, and over 100 tissue-guarded photogravues some of which are hand-coloured. Light toning to marbled paper of boards, some plates with mild toning, very slight bumping to corners of some volumes, else an excellent set.