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Thoreau's Wildflowers

Thoreau's Wildflowers

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The first collection of Thoreau’s writings on the flowering plants of Concord, with more than 200 drawings by renowned artist Barry Moser

Some of Henry David Thoreau’s most beautiful nature writing was inspired by the flowering trees and plants of Concord. An inveterate year-round rambler and journal keeper, he faithfully recorded, dated, and described his sightings of the floating water lily, the elusive wild azalea, and the late autumn foliage of the scarlet oak.
This inviting selection of Thoreau’s best flower writings is arranged by day of the year and accompanied by Thoreau’s philosophical speculations and his observations of the weather and of other plants and animals. They illuminate the author’s spirituality, his belief in nature’s correspondence with the human soul, and his sense that anticipation—of spring, of flowers yet to bloom—renews our connection with the earth and with immortality.
Thoreau’s Wildflowers features more than 200 of the black-and-white drawings originally created by Barry Moser for his first illustrated book, Flowering Plants of Massachusetts. This volume also presents “Thoreau as Botanist,” an essay by Ray Angelo, the leading authority on the flowering plants of Concord.

  • Author

    Henry David Thoreau 

    Edited by: Geoff Wisner 

    Drawings by: Barry Moser

  • Condition

    Used - Like New

  • Product Info

    • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yale University Press; Illustrated edition (March 22, 2016)
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English
    • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 344 pages
    • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0300214774
    • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0300214772
    • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.4 pounds
    • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.94 x 9.25 inche
  • Reviews

    "This beautifully illustrated book brings Thoreau's voice to life, yielding a fascinating glimpse into the rich botanical world that thrived in New England 150 years ago and that still graces the landscape today" - Elizabeth Farnsworth - New England Wildflower Society


    "Wisner's seasonal compliation of Thoreau's prolific wildflower observations coupled with Ray Angelo's heralded profile of "Thoreau as Botanist" provide a delightful read and an invaluable resource"  - Cherrie Corey - Concord Naturalist and Photographer

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