Walden or Life in the Woods - Henry David Thoreau, Edward Steichen [Photographer] 1936 - The Limited Editions Club, Boston - Limited edition. No. 638 of 1500 copies. Illustrated with 16 collotype plates from photographs of Walden Pond taken at various seasons by Edward Steichen and signed by Steichen. With an introduction by Henry Seidel Canby.

In 1845, Henry David Thoreau was just a few days short of his twenty-eighth birthday when he built a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond and began one of the most famous experiments in living in American history. With the intention of immersing himself in nature and distancing himself from the distractions of social life, Thoreau sustained his retreat for just over two years. Walden is a paean to the virtues of simplicity and self-sufficiency.
[From the 150th Anniversary Edition]
  Edward Steichen was careful to avoid modern-day intrusions when he made “repeated trips” in 1934-35, taking pictures for a limited edition of Walden. Thoreau’s book “had many points of identification for Steichen”, an historian notes, and indeed his seminal 1890’s photographs of forests near Milwaukee seem imbued with the spirit of Thoreau in Walden Woods. That Steichen and Thoreau should have finally crossed paths at Walden seems appropriate. His photographs, some of them quite stylized and abstracting, are unique in the history of photography at the pond.

Edward Steichen (1879–1973) is one of the most important figures in the history of photography. During his active career, which lasted over half the life span of photography, he was renowned as an artist, fashion photographer, curator, writer, and technical innovator. He was also a passionate advocate for photography as an art form, and led, along with Alfred Stieglitz, an aesthetic revolution that enabled photography to be considered as a medium capable of interpretation and expression, and not as a mere documentary record of visual facts. [De Cordova Museum].

8vo. pp. [2] xiii [1] 200 [6]. Quarter black cloth and paper-covered boards, top edge stained green
  Condition: Near fine, lightly sunned spine, in very good slipcase, with rubbing and slight opening of corners.   Ref: 105422   Price: HK$ 6,500