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Life of Henry David Thoreau by Henry Salt

Published by Richard Bentley and Son, London. 1890

First Edition

(8vo) Hardcover. 315 pages. 

Good/Very Good condition. Some bumping to top of spine and to book board corners. A few scuffs to both front and back with an ~1.5" scrape on top portion of back cover. (Please see photo). The binding is good with a few sections of cosmetic cracking and starting of exposure of hinges. 


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In 1890 Henry S. Salt published what most scholars have regarded the best Thoreau biography before Walter Harding’s The Days of Henry Thoreau. The sensitivity of Salt’s account of Thoreau’s life and ideas is truly remarkable considering the disadvantages under which he worked.  [This 1890 edition is the one offered in this listing].


In 1896 Salt revised and republished the biography in abbreviated form, cutting many long passages quoted from Thoreau’s works. Salt also made needed corrections in the book, incorporating much information he had received from Dr. Samuel Arthur Tories, Alfred W. Hosmer, and other American correspondents.


Salt later prepared a third, substantially revised version of his Life of Thoreau in 1908 but was unable to find a publisher. Salt still contemplated publishing the revised edition in 1929. This third edition was finally published in 1993 by Centaur Press and University of Illinois Press, edited by George Hendrick, Willene Hendrick and Fritz Oehlschlaegar. A paperback reprint of the third edition was published in 2000 by the University of Illinois Press.

Life of Henry David Thoreau by Henry Salt

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