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Civil Disobedience

Written by Henry David Thoreau
Illustrated by Nate Van Dyke
San Francisco, California: Sharp Teeth Press, 2012. Edition of 150.

The essay is accompanied by an illustration of Thoreau created by Nate Van Dyke, a self-taught California based artist.

The Whole Book Experience, blog: "Being a single essay, this is a small book of 32 pages but presented in a way that adds even more power to the essay. The thick Rives BFK paper allows the type to bite deeply into page. The hand-made paper sides contrast nicely with the brown cow leather spine; especially with the unevenness of the border that makes each book slightly different. Nate Van Dyke’s portrait of Thoreau for the frontispiece is striking and his expression perfectly suited to the seriousness of the essay. The use of the pilcrow, or paragraph mark, instead of indents takes some getting used to but adds to the uniqueness of the edition." 

wikipedia: "Resistance to Civil Government (Civil Disobedience) is an essay by American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau that was first published in 1849. In it, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican–American War."

5.75 x 7.5"; 32 pages. Set in Monotype Italian Old Style. Printed damp in two colors on a treadled 10x15 C&P. Cast, printed and hand-bound by the press. Boards covered in handmade paper by Porridge paper Co. Spine covered in brown cow leather. Numbered. Signed by the illustrator.

Civil Disobedience

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