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    The Manuscript Edition with a Leaf in Thoreau's Hand Mentioning Walden Pond

    Henry David Thoreau. The Writings of Henry David Thoreau - The Manuscript edition with a manuscript leaf in Thoreau's hand mentioning Walden. Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Co., 1906.

    The Manuscript Edition, complete in twenty octavo volumes; one of 600 copies, this set number 155 and signed with the publisher's name.

    Publisher's three-quarter green morocco over marbled boards. Spines elaborately tooled in gilt in a floral design and lettered in gilt in six compartments, with five raised bands. Spines slightly and uniformly faded, as usual. Top edges gilt; others uncut. A beautiful set with an important manuscript which mentions Walden Pond, where Thoreau made many of his observations for The Dispersion of Seeds.

    The double-page manuscript in this copy is from The Dispersion of Seeds, which remained unpublished in manuscript form until 1993. The text was reconstructed and edited by Bradley P. Dean from Thoreau's manuscript, most leaves of which reside in the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library. Dean published this text in Faith in a Seed: The Dispersion of Seeds and Other Late Natural History Writings (Washington and Covelo, Ca.: Shearwater Books, Island Press, 1993).

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