Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1864. Second Printing. Octavo (18.5cm); forest green cloth, stamped in blind and gilt, pebble grain; 319pp. Spine gilt faded, some material chipping and splitting at joints and extremities; boards show rubbing and wear, moderate soiling; corners bumped. Textblock is toned, with foxing and soiling; bindings shaken, cracked hinges throughout; pp.243-262 partially pulled; Ben & Bernarda Shahn ex libris on front pastedown, previous ownership stamp on title page. A Good, readable (if slightly fragile) copy.
Excursions contains nine of Thoreau's essays, published after the author's death in 1862. Along with Ralph Waldo Emerson's biographical sketch, this anthology comprises Thoreau's own writings on the natural beauty of Massachusetts, including Walking, A Winter Walk, Autumnal Tints, A Walk to Wachusett, and Night and Moonlight. BAL 20111.