Boston: 1849. hardcover. 8vo, full brown morocco; new marbled endpapers, t.e.g. Boston & Cambridge, 1849. First Edition. Fine.
The author's first book, published at his own expense in an edition of 1000 copies. Four years after publication, Thoreau wrote in his journal, "For a year or two past my publisher...has been writing...to ask what disposition should be made of the copies a "A Week" still on hand...so I had them all sent to me here...They are something more substantial than fame, as my back knows, which has borne them up two flights of stairs... I now have a library of nearly 900 volumes, over 700 of which I wrote myself." The one page ad announcing the forthcoming publication of "Walden" is present.