[Notes on fruits]. 306 leaves of holograph draft and notes, unsigned and undated. : (Much now published in Wild Fruits.)
NamesThoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 (Author)
Henry David Thoreau Papers, 1837-1917 bulk (1837-1860)
Series I: Manuscripts by Henry David Thoreau
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1860-11-23 (Approximate)Place: Concord, MA
Library locationsHenry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American LiteratureShelf locator: Berg Coll MSS ThoreauShelf locator: Thoreau Notes on Fruits +
TopicsTranscendentalism (New England)Nature study
GenresManuscriptsNature studyEssaysNatural history
NotesCitation/reference: William Howarth, The Literary Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau (Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University Press, 1974): B196; F29b; F29e; F29h; F29j.
Ownership: W. T. H. HowePublications: Much of this material has been published as:
Wild Fruits: Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript, ed. Bradley P. Dean.
(W. W. Norton & Co., NY: 2000).
Physical DescriptionManuscriptsExtent: 306 leaves Pages numbered by library: 600 pp.
1-77 [uniform size, 192 x 248], comprising : 5 single leaves; 17 double leaves (of which, 1 with attached leaf).
78-139 [mixed sizes, including slips and oversize], comprising: 21 single leaves (of which, 2 with attachments), inc. 1 envelope; 7 double leaves (2 with attachments).
140-274 [uniform size], comprising: 23 single leaves (4 with attachments); 23 double leaves (3 with attachments, 1 with multiple attachments).
275-398 [mixed sizes], comprising: 22 single leaves (1 with attachment); 20 double leaves (7 with attachments).
399-445 [uniform], comprising: 4 single leaves; 9 double leaves.
446-547 [mixed sizes], comprising: 26 single leaves (2 with attachments); 14 double leaves.
548-600 [uniform], comprising: 5 single leaves (1 with attachment); 10 double leaves (2 with attachments)
earlier wrappers: 2 leaves.
Paper used includes letters from :
Alcott, A. M. ALS to HDT. [Concord, May 23, 1860] (p. 176) ;
Allison, R. ALS to HDT. Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 9, 1860. (p. 537) ;
Bangs, Edward. ALS to HDT. Boston, Jan. 9, 1860 (p. 107) ;
Hobart & Robbins. 2 manuscript letters to HDT. Boston, Aug. 22, 1859 and Jan. 9, 1860 (p. 332 & p. 527) ;
Mumford, T. H. ALS to HDT. Philadelphia, Aug. 12, 1859 (p. 383) ;
Manley, John R., Lecture fee statement accompanying payment to HDT, undated (p. 301);
Welch & Bigelow. 2 manuscript letters to HDT. Cambridge [Mass.] Aug. 18, ; Feb. 7, 1860 (p. 341 & p. 105) .
HDT, draft fragment of letter "To the Publishers of 'the World'" (false start), Concord, Sep. 17, 1860 (p. 530).
Envelope of letter to HDT, postmarked Boston, Feb. 10 [n.y.] (p. 100).
HDT: [A Plea for Captain John Brown]. Holograph notes for lecture, unsigned and undated. 1 p (p. 343) [see also separate entry].
Draft of quatrain "Rosa Sanguinea" (p. 115).
Printed fragment of Service for the Martyr [John Brown], with "Dirge" [by F. B. Sanborn], (p. 411)
Advertisement for a series of 6 Conversations given by A. B. Alcott, (p. 590a).
[N. B. Holograph fragments, unsigned and undated. 4 leaves (numbered 2, 3, 4) and 2 scraps of paper, are in separate envelope: "Notes on Fruits. 4 leaves."]
Type of ResourceText
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15520476MSS Unit ID: 19098Accession number: 173769B Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6f398cd0-1aec-0130-76a0-58d385a7bbd0
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