Washington, D.C. Covelo, California: A Shearwater Book / Island Press, 1993. Abigail Rover. First Edition, First Printing. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. Small 4to (9 3/4" H x 6 1/4" W), grass green one-eighth cloth with gold lettering on spine, profusely illustrated with marginal & some full-page drawings by Abigail Rover, Mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) by Abigail Rover, xviii + 283 pages +  Colophon. Very Fine / Very Fine. Item #3134
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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 books Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), and his essay "Civil Disobedience" (originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.
A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849) is ostensibly Thoreau's narrative of a boat trip from Concord, Massachusetts to Concord, New Hampshire, and back, that he took with his brother John in 1839. John died of tetanus in 1842 and Thoreau wrote the book, in part, as a tribute to his memory. Thoreau completed the first draft of his book at Walden Pond, so it has a close association with his other masterpiece.
Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry amount to more than 20 volumes. 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.--adapting Wikipedia.