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Kentfield, Upstairs Press, 1977. Copy No. 89 of 100 copies printed. This is the first separate appearance of this piece, which appeared 60 years prior in The Times Literary Supplement, and was published here to honor the 160th anniversary of Thoreau's birth. Says Woolf, "Few people, it is safe to say, take such an interest in themselves as Thoreau took in himself..." yet she also observes that "...the independent man who professed to care so little for his fellows was possessed with an intense desire to communicate with them..." An interesting 15 pages by a writer who herself was no stranger to the allure of solitude. 23 copies appear in OCLC. A facsimile of this edition was created by Favil Press in 2001, and the essay has been reprinted as an introduction to other works -- notably Walden -- multiple times. Modest creasing to the yapped edges; near fine in wrappers. [#036207] $400

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