Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862); William Ellery Channing (Ed.); Sophia Thoreau (Ed.); Ralph Waldo Emerson (Ed.). A Yankee in Canada, with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers. Boston, Massachusetts: Ticknor & Fields, 1866. First Edition, First Printing. pp. , 266. Small 8vo., measuring 7.25″ x 4.75″. Bound in original textured plum-brown cloth (binding “A”, see bibliographical reference in comments), featuring gilt lettering to the spine, blind-stamped floral wreath and borders to both boards, new light-brown endpapers. Remarkably well-preserved with little wear apparent to the extremities, and featuring sharp, crisp spine ends, touch of edgewear to corners. The spine has been expertly, and splendidly re-backed with much care taken to retain, and preserve as much of the original binding, characteristics, and texture as possible. Text-block remains bright, clean, and unmarked with tight, sound binding; a lovely copy through-and through. See Blancks’ citation in BAL, No. 20117. See also, Borsts’ descriptive bibliography, Citation No. A.7.1a. While both state that the first edition was printed in a limited run they differed on the precise number; the former asserting a limited print run of 1500, and the latter stating 1546. Hardcover.
Comprises of the first appearance in book form of Thoreau’s 1849 essay: “Resistance to Civil Government” , printed here as “Civil Disobedience”, which would later influence many including Leo Tolstoy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Martin Buber amongst many others. MLK would later write: “During my student days I read Henry David Thoreau’s essay On Civil Disobedience for the first time. Here, in this courageous New Englander’s refusal to pay his taxes and his choice of jail rather than support a war that would spread slavery’s territory into Mexico, I made my first contact with the theory of nonviolent resistance. Fascinated by the idea of refusing to cooperate with an evil system, I was so deeply moved that I reread the work several times.” (#2750) $1,250.00