Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition (Chump Change Edition) Paperback -
by Walt Whitman
About this book
From the publisher
Unabridged original 1855 version of Leaves of Grass, offered here for chump change. The eclectic formatting of Whitman's original edition expresses best his most famous poems, including "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," and "There Was a Child Went Forth."
First edition identification
On May 15, 1855, Whitman registered the title Leaves of Grass with the clerk of the United States District Court, Southern District of New Jersey, and received its copyright. The first edition was published on July 4, 1855, in Brooklyn, at the printing shop of two Scottish immigrants, James and Andrew Rome, whom Whitman had known since the 1840s. Whitman paid for and did much of the typesetting for the first edition himself. The book did not include the author's name, and instead offered an engraving by Samuel Hollyer depicting Whitman in work clothes and a jaunty hat, arms at his side. Early advertisements for the first edition appealed to "lovers of literary curiosities" as an oddity. Sales on the book were few, but Whitman was not discouraged.
The first edition was very small, collecting only twelve unnamed poems in 95 pages. Whitman once said he intended the book to be small enough to be carried in a pocket. "That would tend to induce people to take me along with them and read me in the open air: I am nearly always successful with the reader in the open air", he explained. About 800 were printed, though only 200 were bound in its trademark green cloth cover. The only American library known to have purchased a copy of the first edition was in Philadelphia. The poems of the first edition, which were given titles in later issues, were "Song of Myself", "A Song for Occupations", "To Think of Time", "The Sleepers", "I Sing the Body Electric", "Faces", "Song of the Answerer", "Europe: The 72d and 73d Years of These States", "A Boston Ballad", "There Was a Child Went Forth", "Who Learns My Lesson Complete?", and "Great Are the Myths".
- Title Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition (Chump Change Edition)
- Author Walt Whitman
- Binding Paperback
- Pages 50
- Volumes 1
- Language ENG
- Publisher Chump Change
- ISBN 9781640320604 / 1640320601
- Weight 0.2 lbs (0.09 kg)
- Dimensions 9.21 x 6.14 x 0.12 in (23.39 x 15.60 x 0.30 cm)
- Dewey Decimal Code 811.3
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