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The Retreat of a Poet Naturalist
Boston, Poet Lore, 1905. A 30-page chapbook by Barrus, who after writing to Burroughs in 1901 became, for two decades, his friend, secretary, traveling companion, (presumed mistress), and later his biographer and literary executor. This early volume in their acquaintance places Burroughs in the line of Gilbert White and Thoreau, nature writers with "retreats," and then tells how Barrus came to Burroughs' "Slabsides" cabin and of times spent there. This copy is signed by John Burroughs. There is an additional inscription on the flyleaf from one Caroline Barton, saying that she had spent pleasant days with Burroughs and Barrus. The covers have split at the seam, and the title label is edge-chipped; a good copy only, but a signed copy of a title not issued as such. [#034732] SOLD

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