Hard Cover. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1864. 1st Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, first printing, with priced list of Thoreau's published works opposite title page and 24-page publisher's catalog dated April, 1864 inserted at back. One of 1,650 copies. Publisher's purple cloth boards decoratively stamped in blind and lettered in gilt, brown-coated endpapers with previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown and small sticker from previous bookseller to same. A very near fine copy with light wear and sunning to spine as well as some mild toning to edges of text block, otherwise a clean and bright interior in a sturdy binding. BAL 20113. The Maine Woods is a posthumously published collection of three essays related to Thoreau's travels and experiences in the Maine woodlands. Specifically, this volume contains the essays "Ktaadn," "Chesuncook," and "The Allegash and East Branch." Additionally, it includes a brief appendix that contains Thoreau's notes on the varieties of plants and animals one might encounter in the Maine woods as well as some suggestions about proper attire for the region and a helpful glossary of Native American phrases. In these essays, Thoreau relates adventures as an early observer of Maine, which he visited three times from 1846-1857. Thoreau recounts experiences climbing Mount Katahdin (Maine's tallest mountain) and Mount Kineo and visiting Grand Lake Matagamon and Chamberlain Lake. Throughout the text, Thoreau explores man's relationship to and effect on the wilderness. Blanck notes that only some copies of the first printing include the publisher's catalog, and that "BAL has not seen a copy of the true 1st printing with this list not priced."