Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866. Hardcover. 12mo (7.1 in,18 cm). [vi], 1-286  pp.
First edition: 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. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Dictionary of American Biography. Original green publisher's cloth with gilt-stamped lettering and decoration to spine; blind-stamped decorative borders and centered wreath to sides. Green topstain; clean edges. Exceptional exterior: Intact spine and square corners. Cream pages bright and intact. Brown-coated endpapers. Clear archival protector. Front pastedown with two charming bookplates of library rules of the period. Spine with lightly faded spot, front hinge starting at top inch, limited small smudges. Tight, clean and square first edition. Near fine. Item #814