Publisher: Boston: James Munroe, 1858.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: BAL 3065.
Condition: Cloth a little worn and faded, two damp-stains on the free endpapers; some light foxing; a very good copy.
Book ID: 28324
Description8vo, original blind-stamped slate cloth, gilt lettering on the upper board.
CommentsAn introspective exploration of man and nature in an anonymously published free-verse poem by William Ellery Channing (1817-1901). Channing was a close friend of Henry David Thoreau. He assisted him in the construction of the legendary cabin at Walden Pond and later edited Thoreau's posthumous works. Scholars have speculated that Channing was the model for the poet in Walden. Near Home is dedicated with a four-page poem "To Henry," in which Channing celebrates Thoreau as "Modest and mild, and kind, / Who never spurned the needing from thy door, / (Door of thy heart which is a palace gate); / Temperate and faithful, in whose word, the world / Might trust, sure to repay, unvexed by care, / Unawed by Fortune's nod, slave to no lord / Nor Coward to thy peers, long shalt thou live . . ." Contemporary ownership signature on the front free endpaper of "R. B. Ripley / Concord," which is Phebe Bliss Ripley (circa 1824-1890), daughter of Sarah and Rev. Samuel Ripley, and a beloved music teacher at the Concord School. Near Home has the unusual bibliographic feature, as noted in BAL, of having two conjugate blank leaves inserted between both the front and rear endpapers, both present here.