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8275o. Thoreau, Henry David. CAPE COD. Cambridge. 1894.

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8275o. Thoreau, Henry David. CAPE COD. Cambridge. 1894.

8275o. Thoreau, Henry David. CAPE COD . Cambridge. 1894. Houghton, Mifflin & Company. Riverside Press. In 2 volumes. 173 p. 208 p. Scarce 2-volume set in pale green cloth with gilt titles & decoration to spine & front covers, blind title with decoration to back boards, top edges gilt, thin red ribbon bookmarks. This is the illustrated edition of Thoreau’s classic work with wonderful, small color landscape illustrations by by Amelia M.Watson in the margins scattered throughout the text of both volumes, including frontis drawings (with tissue guards intact). The covers of these two volumes represent a fine example of the decorative book cover work performed by Sarah Wyman Whitman (1842-1904) during the art deco period. Anyone who truly enjoys reading of the life of a Lighthouse Keeper, or the charm of Cape Cod, should surely read Thoreau’s account of his visit with the Keeper of Cape Cod Light, and his walk from Eastham to Provincetown in 1849 and again in 1855. In this renown work Thoreau records his adventures and sights as he trekked the outer beaches and the humor of the local, self-reliant folk. This is a truly important account, and a must if you are interested in the shipwrecks, lighthouses, life-saving and life as it existed for residents of the outer Cape . Contents both volumes clean, tight, only very light wear, title page loose in Volume I, otherwise both tight, hinges completely intact, foxing to endpapers only. Covers clean and bright, only very light wear. (VG). $158.