"John Burroughs was the most important practitioner after Thoreau himself of that especially American literary genre, the nature essay, and by the turn of the century he had become a virtual cultural institution in his own right: the Grand Old Man of Nature at a time when the American romance with the idea of nature, and the American conservation movement, had come fully into their own. His extraordinary popularity and popular visibility were sustained by a prolific stream of essay collections, beginning with Wake-Robin in 1871." -American Memory, Library of Congress
Autograph edition, number 43 of 750 copies signed by Burroughs. Beautifully bound in publisher's morocco.
Complete 23-volume set, profusely illustrated with engraved or photogravure frontispieces and other illustrations throughout on Japan paper.
Note: A manuscript leaf is tipped in at the beginning of Volume I, but appears to be from Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphrey Ward and not from John Burroughs' writings.
Provenance: The George M. Pflaumer (Christie's 1997).
Octavo, publisher's three-quarter morocco, gilt decorated spines with floral patterns, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt; text partially unopened. A few volumes with light rubbing to leather. An exquisite set.
Price: $3,300 .