WAKE-ROBIN. New York: Published by Hurd and Houghton. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1871. 17.1x11 (octavo), pp. [1-2] [i-iii] iv [1-3] 4-231 [232: blank], flyleaves, title page printed in red and black, original pictorial non-beveled edged terra cotta cloth, stamped in black and gold on front panel, stamped in gold on spine panel, stamped in blind on rear panel, light yellow coated endpapers. First edition. There are several binding variants, no priority established, this one has a single rule border blind stamped on the rear cover, a form not noted by BAL. Burroughs' second book and his first work of natural history. "His first book, NOTES ON WALT WHITMAN, is something of a literary anomaly, being possibly written in part by Whitman himself. In his second, he steps into his proper field. Though not published until he was nearly forty, WAKE-ROBIN is a book of youthful ardor. Its freshness is unquestioned, its philosophy charming and its manner that of distinguished literature. As a popular essayist on nature Burroughs was the successor of Thoreau, -- less imbued than the latter with a sense of its ethical significance, yet equally sympathetic and far exceeding him in scientific spirit" (Fullerton, pp. 39-40). BAL 2135. Mild wear to spine ends and corner tips, a nearly fine copy. A lovely copy. (#167418).
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