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 1862 death, the Boston publishers Ticknor and Fields, who had published Walden, gathered together and published a collection of Thoreau's essays. The majority of the essays in A Yankee in Canada outline Thoreau's commitment to social reform, especially Thoreau's abolitionist work. Slavery in Massachusetts as well as A Plea for Captain John Brown appear here. But the most famous and influential of Thoreau's essays included in this title is Civil Disobedience. This landmark essay was previously published with the title Resistance to Civil Government in Elizabeth Peabody's Aesthetic Papers, but it appears in the present volume with the title that encapsulates one of its central arguments: how civil disobedience can be a just response to governmental tyranny. An important collection of influential essays from a profound American thinker. Very Good + (Item #2144)