Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1881. Original dark green cloth with facsimile signature in gilt, beveled.
First Edition of the first of Thoreau's "four seasons," edited from his journal by H.G.O. Blake (this is the only one of the four in which Blake is unnamed). The other three seasons would be published over the next eleven years (curiously not quite in order): SUMMER in 1884, WINTER in 1888, and AUTUMN in 1892. The first edition of EARLY SPRING consisted of only 1018 copies -- fewer than any of Thoreau's books except his first one, A WEEK ON THE CONCORD AND MERRIMACK RIVERS, which consisted of 1000 copies.
This is an unusually bright copy -- just a touch of rubbing at some corners but otherwise Fine. Borst A8.1.a; Blanck 20123. Item #14369