Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866. First edition. Bound in publisher's original "C" cloth, binding "A," BAL 20117. One of 1546 copies. A Very Good+ copy with the spine sunned and a small chip from the crown. A contemporary owner's signature on the first blank, dated 1867. An excellent copy internally.
This work is of singular importance due to its publication of Thoreau's essay "Civil Disobedience" (preceded by publication in Elizabeth Peabody’s anthology “Aesthetic Papers”). Among books that changes the course of human history, this one deserves to rank among the very top, inspiring Mahatma Gandhi to overthrow British rule in India and Martin Luther King, Jr. to force equal rights between black and white in America, to name but a few. Very Good + (Item #2144)