Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1864.
THOREAU, Henry David. The Maine Woods. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1864.
First edition, first issue. Octavo (7 1/8 x 4 5/8 inches; 181 x 119 mm). [viii], 328, [23, ads], [1, blank] pp. With list of Thoreau's writings on p. [ii] priced. Publisher's ads dated April, 1864 and The Atlantic Monthly advertising 'The Thirteenth Volume.'
Original purple morocco grain cloth. Covers decoratively ruled and stamped with a wreath in blind. Spine stamped and lettered in gilt. Brown coated endpapers. Spine lightly sunned. Chemeised and and housed in a quarter morocco slipcase. Overall about fine.
"The Maine Woods, autobiographical narrative by Thoreau, posthumously published (1864) as edited by the younger W.E. Channing. It contains three accounts of trips to Maine: 'Ktaadn' (Union Magazine, 1848), describing an excursion to Mt. Ktaadn in 1846; 'Chesuncook' (Atlantic Monthly, 1858), about a journey from Bangor to Chesuncook Lake in 1853, with an Indian guide, Joe Aitteon; and 'The Allegash and East Branch,' concerned with a voyage (1857) with 'a relative' and the Indian guide Joe Polis, from Bangor to St. Johns lakes by way of Moosehead and Chesuncook, returning by the East Branch of the Penobscot. During this excursion, Thoreau made an extended study of Polis, 'one of the aristocracy' of the Penobscot Indians, a silent, capable hunter and backwoodsman." (Oxford Companion to American Literature, 515).
Allen pp. 17-18. BAL 20113. Borst pp. 45-46. Johnson, American First Editions, p. 501.