Key Collecting Areas: Collecting Thoreau

45.  Island Press/Shearwater Books.  Henry D. Thoreau: Faith in a Seed: The First Publication of Thoreau’s Last Manuscript (Washington, D.C.: Island Press/Shearwater Books, [1993?]). 

Faith in a Seed poster
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Broadside announcement/advertisement for Thoreau’s Faith in a Seed, edited by Bradley P. Dean; including illustration (woodland scene by Abigail Rorer).  From the CFPL Broadside and Poster Collection.  Source unknown.

This poster announces the publication of annotated texts of Thoreau’s The Dispersion of Seeds and other late natural history writings.  The original Dispersion manuscripts are held by the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature at the New York Public Library.  The text was edited for this volume by the late Bradley P. Dean, a widely respected Thoreau scholar, and illustrated by Abigail Rorer, a much-collected, exhibited, published, and acclaimed Massachusetts artist.


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