Cape Cod – Henry David Thoreau 1865 | 1st Edition


  • Author: Henry David Thoreau
  • Publisher: Ticknor & Fields, Boston, 1865
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Good
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: First Edition

First edition. Original dark green diamond-patterned cloth, titles to spine gilt, brown coated endpapers, boards blocked in blind with eight-point cornerpieces and central wreath. Head of spine chipped, tail of spine frayed, few faint spots to rear board. First edition in binding variant A with Thoreau named as the author of Walden on the spine, and cloth type Z, one of several binding styles used on the first edition without precedence. Binding tight, interior clean unmarked.

Cape Cod, a collection of ten essays on the scenery and people of the region, was based on three trips that Thoreau made between 1849 and 1855. Overall a Good or better copy of this rare book.

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Thoreau’s classic account of his meditative, beach-combing walking trips to Cape Cod in the early 1850s, reflecting on the elemental forces of the sea, with an introduction by Paul Theroux

Cape Cod chronicles Henry David Thoreau’s journey of discovery along this evocative stretch of Massachusetts coastline, during which time he came to understand the complex relationship between the sea and the shore. He spent his nights in lighthouses, in fishing huts, and on isolated farms. He passed his days wandering the beaches, where he observed the wide variety of life and death offered up by the ocean. Through these observations, Thoreau discovered that the only way to truly know the sea—its depth, its wildness, and the natural life it contained—was to study it from the shore. Like his most famous work, Walden, Cape Cod is full of Thoreau’s unique perceptions and precise descriptions. But it is also full of his own joy and wonder at having stumbled across a new frontier so close to home, where a man may stand and “put all America behind him.”

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