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.
After Henry David Thoreau's death, his sister Sophia and friends William Ellery Channing and Ralph Waldo Emerson collected diverse essays of Thoreau's for this volume. A Yankee in Canada, with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers emphasizes Thoreau's commitment to social justice, particularly abolitionism, in essays such as Slavery in Massachusetts, Wendell Phillips before the Concord Lyceum, A Plea for Captain John Brown, and Civil Disobedience. Thoreau's famous and influential essay Civil Disobedience appears under this title for the first time in this collection; it was previously published as Resistance to Civil Government. Inspired by Thoreau's anger over the U.S. Government's continued support of chattel slavery and its imperial war against Mexico, Civil Disobedience argues for the sovereign right of individuals to resist governmental tyranny. Thoreau's famous essay and its advocacy for nonviolent resistance has influenced civil rights activists since its publication, most notably Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Very Good + (Item #2144)