Thoreau on Cape Cod: His Journeys and the Lost Maps - Thoureau's Journeys - Levenger
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Thoreau on Cape Cod: His Journeys and the Lost Maps

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The Thoreau that history nearly lost

We know him as the man who went to the woods, but Thoreau also journeyed to a more distant place where he could “stand and put all America behind him.” The land was Cape Cod, the experience was the sea, and he recounts his trip to infinity in that engaging Waldenesque way. Thoreau knew Champlain had been one of the first to map the Cape, and he had annotated copies of two Champlain maps from the 1600s. Until recently, they were lost to history. Thanks to the Library of Congress, we have reproduced them here with Thoreau's own notes and an account of their discovery. They create a new window into the early days of America and a brand new way to read Thoreau. For lovers of the sea and of the Cape, of maps and of America's history, this is a gift they'll treasure. Only from Levenger.



  • Gently abridged edition of Thoreau's Cape Cod, with important new material from the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division
  • High-resolution facsimiles of Thoreau's annotated Champlain maps of 1612 and 1632, plus his accompanying notes, printed in full color
  • Click the image bar to see the maps and notes
  • Maps and notes are folded loose in the book's back pocket so that readers can remove and study them
  • Library of Congress Senior Cartographic Librarian John Hessler, F.R.G.S., provides fascinating commentary on the discovery of the maps and Thoreau's little-known work in cartography
  • Original sketches of Cape Cod land and sea life by Hyannis artist and naturalist Mary Bowmar Richmond
  • Hardcover with Smythe-sewn binding for longevity
  • Text of ocean blue on a rich cream paper
  • Acid-free, archival-quality paper
  • Ribbon bookmark
  • 248 pages
  • 7 1/2 x 9
  • Printed in the USA
  • Not in the bookstores—only at Levenger
  • To view table of contents, please click here (PDF)


Why Steve loves this book
“ Read this and be transported to a time of infinite possibility for America. Who knew that Thoreau was also a mapmaker and a historian of America's beginnings? We're proud to bring you fascinating new scholarship on this beloved American figure.”
                                                         --Steve

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