Hard Cover. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866. First Edition. Near Fine.
First edition, first printing. One of 1546 copies printed. Original publisher's green C cloth, binding A (priority not determined). An excellent copy with touch of wear to the corners and the lower spine, and a small section of wear along the spine fold, small faint ownership stamp to front pastedown, else near fine. Overall, a bright and attractive copy, scarce in this condition. BAL 20117 In addition to "A Yankee in Canada," this volume contains the first book publications of Thoreau's essays "Civil Disobedience" and "Life Without Principle;" each essay had been previously published serially in different literary magazines. The titular essay is based on Thoreau's 1850 trip to Canada. In the same year, the American Fugitive Slave Law was passed, igniting a wave of abolitionism in New England. This volume includes Thoreau's defense of John Brown, first delivered as a speech in 1859, which is indicative of Thoreau's leadership of the abolitionist movement in New England and his radical support for John Brown before his execution. A Yankee in Canada contains "Prayers" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, who was also living in New England in the mid-1800s and whom Thoreau encouraged to support the abolitionist movement. Published posthumously, A Yankee in Canada united Thoreau's moral theories about humanism, individualism, and naturalism.