The Essay on Friendship

HereThen is That Helpful As Well As Ennobling Discourse Entitled The Essay on Friendship

Ornaments designed by Samuel Warner (American, late 19th–early 20th century), Author Henry David Thoreau (American, 1817–1862), Publisher Roycroft (active 1895–1938)

Place of Publication: East Aurora, New York, USA


Overall: 29.8 x 20.5 x 1.5 cm (11 3/4 x 8 1/16 x 9/16 in.)

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Illustrated book with hand-colored marginal ornaments

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(East Aurora [NY]: The Roycrofters, 1903) 29.8 cm; [2 ff.] 36 pp. [1 f.]; original publisher’s half brown suede, gilt-stamped gray paper boards (cream-colored phase box).

East Aurora [NY]: The Roycrofters, 1903


Lloyd and Vivian Hawes, Wellesley [MA]; 2000, Bequest of Lloyd and Vivian Hawes to the MFA. (Accession date: June 21, 2000)

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The Lloyd and Vivian Hawes Collection