Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1865. 24 pp ads dated Dec 1864. Original blind-stamped violet-blue cloth.
First Edition, which consisted of only 2,000 copies (of which some were sent to England where they were issued with a cancel title page) -- printed in December 1864, but not actually published until March 1865. Edited by the younger William Ellery Channing, this was the fifth Thoreau book, preceded by A WEEK ON THE CONCORD AND MERRIMACK RIVERS, WALDEN, and the posthumous EXCURSIONS and THE MAINE WOODS.
Describing the natural environment and people of 'the bare and bended arm of Massachusetts,' the account is based on the author's experiences during three short visits to Cape Cod (Oct. 1849; June 1850; July 1855), and includes ten essays on the history and character of the inhabitants, 'The Highland Light,' Nantucket, the sea, the beach, and other aspects of the Cape. [OCAL]
There were seven different types of cloth used for this book, without priority; this copy is in violet-blue pebble-grain cloth.
It is in very good-plus, perhaps near-fine condition (with minor wear at the spine ends, but the spine gilt is brighter than usual; the original brown-coated endpapers are clean and intact). This has become a difficult title to acquire in really nice condition. Borst A5.1.a; Blanck 20115. Item #14464