The Thoreau Society and The Thoreau Farm Trust – The Thoreau Society and The Thoreau Farm Trust Annual Online Auction 2020
Auction Ends: Mar 27, 2020 12:00 PM EDT


Stereotype Metal Plate from Printing of 1893 Riverside Edition of WALDEN

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Estimated Value
$25 USD
$340 USD to mtd380212
Number of Bids
19  -  Bid History

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Item Description

A piece of Thoreauvian printing memorabilia! This is a stereotype plate of page 247 from the 1893 Riverside edition of WALDEN by Henry David Thoreau. It's a page from "The Bean-Field" chapter. The metal plate of type measures about 3 x 5 inches. The label on the back of the plate seems to indicate that a past collector paid just $3.00 for it. It may have been picked up at an antique shop in Cambridge, Mass. Some of the letters along the right-hand edge have been flattened by repeated use, and these nuances and bolder images are reflected when you see a copy of the actual page 247, which you can do here: Since these plates were usually melted down after their final use, this is an interesting find, indeed.

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