Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866. First Edition. 12mo. 7 in (18 cm) tall; 286 p.
Green publisher's cloth with gilt-stamped lettering and decoration to spine; blind-stamped decorative borders and centered wreath to sides. Green topstain. Tight, clean and square binding. Intact spine. Square corners. Pages bright; no foxing. Brown-coated endpapers. Clean edges. Clear, protective cover. Front pastedown with two library rule plates of the period. Spine with faded spot. Front hinge with top inch paper tear, margins with intermittent smudges, few corner folds.
First book appearance of "Civil Disobedience," which motivated Mohandas Gandhi to overthrow the British government, Martin Luther King, Jr. to lead the civil rights movement, and many others. Henry David Thoreau believed that when faced with an unjust government, it is a citizen's duty to break the law, to stop paying taxes, to go to jail, and to start a revolution if necessary. A lifelong abolitionist, Thoreau and his family participated in the Underground Railroad. After leaving Walden, Thoreau gave a lecture against slavery and against American imperialism in the Mexican-American War. This lecture would become the essay, "Civil Disobedience," emphasizing an individual's right to be true to their conscience. BAL 20117. Very good in no dust jacket if issued. Item #814