Rare and desirable ink signature entirely in Thoreau's hand, "Henry D. Thoreau, from Wm. E. Channing,” on an off-white 5.5 x 3.5 slip, evidently removed from the flyleaf of a volume that once belonged to him; in perusing Walter Harding's 'A New Checklist of the Books in Henry David Thoreau's Library,' it becomes apparent that it was Thoreau's common practice to label books received from others in this manner, writing his own name as well as that of the gift-giver. In fine condition, with light soiling and a very faint central vertical fold. The Transcendentalist poet William Ellery Channing was a close friend of Thoreau's, and the two were frequent walking companions; some speculation identifies Channing as the 'Poet' of Thoreau's Walden. A superb American literary autograph.
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