New York: Clarson N. Potter, Inc./Publisher, 1970. Period illustrations. First Edition. Cloth and boards. 4to (11" x 8 3/4"), bright green quarter cloth with black lettering on spine over tan earth-colored boards, profusely illustrated with maps, portraits, photographs, manuscript pages, drawings, and decorations, including Thoreau's Civil Disobedience, and splendidly edited and annotated by Philip Van Doren Stern, Mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) with inset B&W medalion of Thoreau against a forest green background by Sally Stein, map endpapers of Concord, Mass., [viii], [1-2] 3-502 pages. Fine / Fine. Item #2539
Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) was an American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian. A leading Transcendentalist, Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience" (originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.
Among his lasting contributions are his writings on natural history and philosophy, in which he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern-day environmentalism.
EXCEPTIONAL COPY of this essential guide to Thoreau's masterpiece. Clean, tight, bright. No remainder or previous owner's marks.