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Leaves Of Grass

By Whitman, Walt




Leaves of Grass (1855) is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman. Among the poems in the collection are "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," and in later editions, Whitman's elegy to the assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd. " Whitman spent his entire life writing Leaves of Grass, revising it in several editions until his death. The first edition published in 1855 contained 12 poems on 95 pages. The final edition published contained almost 400 poems. 

First edition identification and notes

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".

Other collectible or notable editions

There have been held to be either six or nine editions of Leaves of Grass, the count depending on how they are distinguished. Scholars who hold that an edition is an entirely new set of type will count the 1855, 1856, 1860, 1867, 1871–72, and 1881 printings. Others add in the 1876, 1888–89, and 1891–92 (the "deathbed edition") releases.


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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

First edition, one of only 200 copies of the first issue of Whitman's Leaves of Grass. "The importance of the first edition of Leaves of Grass to American literary history is impossible to exaggerate. The slender volume introduced the poet who, celebrating the nation by celebrating himself, has since remained at the heart of America's cultural memory because in the world of his imagination Americans have learned to recognize and possibly understand their own. As Leaves of Grass grew through its five subsequent editions into a hefty book of 389 poems (with the addition of the two annexes), it gained much in variety and complexity, but Whitman's distinctive voice was never stronger, his vision never clearer, and his design never more improvisational than in the twelve poems of the first edition" (Ivan Marki). "If one attempts to list the artistic achievements of our nation against the background of Western tradition, our accomplishments in music, painting, sculpture, architecture tend to be somewhat dwarfed. … The exception is in literature. No western poet, in the past century and a half, not even Browning or Leopardi or Baudelaire, overshadows Walt Whitman or Emily Dickinson. … The book that matters most is the original 1855 Leaves of Grass" (Harold Bloom, The Western Canon). "Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy. The whole of "Leaves of Grass" is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation" (Printing and the Mind of Man). According to the bookbinder's records, 795 copies were bound; Whitman reported that 800 were printed. The first 200 were bound in June 1855 in binding A (green cloth with extra gilt stamping and all edges gilt). In December 1855 to January 1856, another 262 copies were bound in binding B (green cloth with less ornate stamping), and at this same time another 150 copies were bound in binding C (paper wrappers). Finally, in July 1855, 46 copies were bound "in boards mounted." Ours is an excellent example of the first group of 200. Most copies of this fragile volume that have appeared in recent years have been heavily restored. This is a very handsome copy. Provenance: signature of Thomas Bucher dated October 1855. The first issue Leaves of Grass is rarely found with an 1855 provenance. Printing and the Mind of Man 340. Grolier 100 Influential American Books 67. Myerson, Walt Whitman: A Bibliography A 2.1.a1 Small folio. Portrait of Whitman. Original gilt decorated green cloth, all edges gilt (binding A). First gathering restored at inner margin, minor repairs at gutter. Very minimal wear. An excellent copy.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

Whitman Walt

Brooklyn: [for the author], 1855. A COPY AUTOGRAPHED BY WALT WHITMAN, of the First edition, first Issue and State “A” of the Binding. SIGNED ON THE TITLEPAGE IN UNUSUAL BLOCK LETTERS, we presume Whitman was musing on how the page would look with his name added to it, a change which would not be made in print for years. This is a copy with excellent provenance; being the Doheny copy. With a portrait frontispiece on the heaviest of the papers used for the portrait page. 4to, original green cloth gilt, a.e.g. xii, 95. A unique autographed copy with wear to the binding, now refurbished, some old stains, possibly from Whitman’s own use at his workbench, a title-page inscription is torn away. AN EXTRAORDINARY COPY, AN EXTREMELY RARE AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of what is arguably the greatest work in all of American literature. Signed copies of the 1855 Leaves are a VERY GREAT RARITY. The present copy is unique among known signed copies - of which there are perhaps only some 5 or 6 extant - both for its method of signature and for being in the first state (“A”) of the binding. All the other known signed copies appear to belong to the second issue of the work. And in this context it is further significant to note that the NY Public “desk copy” is in fact a trimmed “remainder copy” in plain unprinted wrappers. Whitman’s LEAVES OF GRASS portrayed America at the crossroads between an old world, soon to be cast off, and the new world of our future present. With the publication of LEAVES OF GRASS in 1855, Whitman, the poet of democracy, ushered in a new era in American letters, describing specifically American experiences in a distinctly American idiom. From its first publication in 1855, he had complete confidence in the greatness of both the book and its author. “Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy. The whole of LEAVES OF GRASS is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation. In a sense, it is America’s second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, this of 1855 intellectual. ...The poems are saturated ‘with a vehemence of pride and audacity of freedom necessary to loosen the mind of still-to-be-formed America from the folds, the superstitions, and all the long, tenacious, and stifling anti-democratic authorities of Asiatic and European past’. To the young nation, only just becoming aware of an individual literary identity distinct from its European origins, Whitman’s message and his outspoken confidence came at a decisive moment. LEAVES OF GRASS was Whitman’s favorite child. From the time of its original publication,...until the year of his death, he continued revising and enlarging it. If (his) reputation has fluctuated over the years and his position among, if indeed not at the head of, the list of great American poets was not assured until some time after his death, there was never any doubt of the matter in his own mind. ‘I know I am deathless’, he wrote. ‘Whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years, I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can wait.’ Time has vindicated his conviction.” PMM One of the rare opportunities to acquire one of the greatest books in all of world literature. Spun out of the purest “stuff” of the American selfhood, the 1855 Leaves of Grass is the acknowledged center of the American literary canon. Emerson recognized its importance immediately upon publication--declaring the book to be “the most extraordinary piece of wit & wisdom that America has yet contributed”--and 150 years later critic Harold Bloom only reaffirms Emerson, concluding that in American letters “the book that matters most is the 1855 original “Leaves of Grass.” But the book’s importance far transcends any nationality. The First Truly Modern Work of Literature - the opening shot of a revolution still resounding today - its impact is immense. It alone - among all modern works of poetry - rates inclusion in Printing and the Mind of Man (where it is accurately labeled “America’s Second Declaration of Independence”). Far more than just an American work of letters, Leaves of Grass is a Masterwork of Modern World Literature -- and arguably the greatest such! For Leaves of Grass is the first work of literature to explicitly explore the modern stream of consciousness. Launching forth from the individual - “I celebrate myself,” Whitman declares point blank - the work is yet universal in its intent. Though at times egotistical and even overtly auto-erotic, Whitman nonetheless shoots for the highest - the undiluted testimony of the liberated Self. And through creedless mergence in Nature and the greater flow of humanity, Whitman achieves a genuine literary satori! Many have since tried to follow in Whitman’s breakthrough path, but none have surpassed him in originality and brilliance - thus confirming Whitman’s stature as “the greatest of modern poets.” Written “without check” and with “original energy” in convention-shattering lines of jagging free verse, Leaves of Grass is a kaleidoscopic fusion of rapidly-changing innovative swells of imagery and metaphor -- its reference frame ever shifting as Whitman alternates in and out of his embodied self. At once sensual and cosmic, personal and trans-personal - as mysterious as the grass -- the poetry sweeps all and everyone into its living, breathing, and ultimately fathomless pulse. Self-exploring Poetry of the highest liberality - penned by “the greatest democrat the world has seen” - Leaves of Grass is “a democracy of consciousness” celebrating all humanity.

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, Walt

New York, 1855. FIRST EDITION, First issue. Half morocco on marbled boards with original front cover bound inside (at the back). First edition, first issue binding (BAL's and Myerson's Binding A), first state of the frontispiece portrait (on heavy paper), second state of the copyright page as usual, second state of p. iv. According to the description in Christie's (New York) catalogue of their sale of the same edition on December 4, 2009 (lot 196 of Sale 2153, which brought $218,500.00), "Whitman was spending nearly every day there [at the printing office of James and Thomas Rome in Brooklyn] that spring [of 1855], writing, revising, reading proof, even working at the type case, just as he had done twenty years earlier as an apprentice printer. Altogether he set in type about ten of the ninety-five pages of a book that he also designed, produced, published, promoted . . . The 795 copies the Romes ran off on their hand press and delivered to the binder were all there were or could be of the first edition. No plates were made; the book was printed from type, and the type distributed" (Justin Kaplan, Walt Whitman: a Life, Toronto: Bantam Books, 1982, p. 198). Myerson notes that 795 copies were bound: 337 in Binding A in June and July 1855; 262 in Binding B in December 1855 and January 1856; and 196 copies in two other binding styles. Whitman "ushered in a new era in American letters, describing specifically American experiences in a distinctly American idiom." "Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy. The whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation. In a sense, it is America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, this of 1855 intellectual" (PMM). BAL, 21395; Grolier, American 67; Myerson A2.I.a1; Printing and the Mind of Man 340.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

Brooklyn, NY, 1855. First edition. Very Good. A Very Good copy, rare in the original cloth. This copy has been recased, reversing old repairs and closing some tears to the cloth near the spine that would otherwise have gotten worse. Small blank margin of the frontis portrait chipped and renewed. The title page is frayed at the edges and with some large tears, which have all now been professionally secured. Internal contents show some smudges and wear, but the book is complete and in its original binding. BAL state A binding, with extra gilt and all page edges gilt, state A of the frontis portrait, on thick card-stock, state B of the copyright notice, printing the notice in two lines, and state B of page iv with "and" spelled correctly. Also, with the first state of leaf 49 reading "And the night is for you and me and all" (Gary Schmidgall: "1855: A Stop-Press Revision"). Housed in a custom slipcase with chemise. Perhaps the most important collection of poetry in American Literature. Although Leaves of Grass was first greeted with derision and even shock - Boston's district attorney attempted to have some of the poems suppressed as obscene and Whitman was fired from his job - it eventually claimed its rightful place in the American canon. Whitman wrote the collection after he was inspired by Emerson and the Transcendentalist movement, and the poems in Leaves of Grass are noted for their sensualist focus on nature and the human form. They include some of Whitman's most famous works, including Song of Myself and I Sing of the Body Electric. Despite the collection's fame and success, Whitman re-wrote and edited the collection many times, with the final edition containing over 400 poems. Whitman himself helped pay for the printing of the first edition, the run of which contained only 800 copies, most of which were unbound. "Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy. The whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation. In a sense, it is America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, this of 1855 intellectual" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Unsurprisingly, the book has had numerous admirers. Harold Bloom has called the book the "secular scripture of the United States," and Ezra Pound referred to Whitman as "America's Poet." "The whole body of these Poems-spiritually considered-is alive with power, throbbing and beating behind and between the lines. There is more here than mere oddity, and barbaric indifference to elegant forms of speech; there is a living soul-no matter whether its owner drove an omnibus once, or stands on State street and chaffers greedily every day for gold-and that soul insists on giving itself to its fellows, even if it has to rend the most sacred rules of speech to achieve its larger liberty... It is the texture of the stuff that tells, because it is that which is going to endure" (Contemporary Review). Very Good.

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Leaves of Grass.

WHITMAN, Walt.

Brooklyn: [published by the author,], 1855. Quarto (275 x 192 mm). Near-contemporary brown half morocco, titles to spine in gilt, spine in compartments with raised bands ruled in gilt, marbled paper sides ruled in gilt, edges gilt, marbled endpapers. With portrait frontispiece engraved by Samuel Hollyer from a photograph printed on heavy paper, BAL's second state, with tissue guard. Ownership inscription of "J. S. Thompson" in pencil to frontispiece recto. Professional tissue reinforcements to inner hinges. Small loss to upper outer tip of pp. v-vi. Neat professional refurbishment to extremities, frontispiece foxed, contents lightly offset and browned as usual, a couple of faint marginal pencil marks; a very good copy indeed. First edition of one of the central works of American poetry. Much has been written of the significance of this first edition—"America's second Declaration of Independence" to quote PMM. "The slender volume introduced the poet who, celebrating the nation by celebrating himself, has since remained at the heart of America's cultural memory because in the world of his imagination Americans have learned to recognize and possibly understand their own" (Marki, "Leaves of Grass, 1855 edition," in Walt Whitman, 1998). The first edition of Leaves of Grass was self-published by Whitman, the type partially hand-set by the poet himself for printing in the Brooklyn Heights shop of Andrew Rome, assisted by his brother, Tom. As the hand-set type jostled and occasionally fell off the hand-inked iron-bed press, each copy is arguably unique. This copy is in Myerson's second state with the copyright information printed (rather than in manuscript) on the copyright page, and the text reading "cities and" on p. iv, column 2, line 4. A total of 795 copies were eventually produced. Whitman "was and is the poet and prophet of democracy, and the intoxication of his immense affirmative, the fervor of his 'barbaric yawp,' are so powerful that the echo of his crude yet rhythmic song rings forever in the American air" (Grolier, One Hundred). BAL 21395; Grolier American 67; Johnson High Spots 79; Printing and the Mind of Man 340; Myerson A.2.1.a.

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Leaves of Grass.

Whitman, Walt

Brooklyn, New York: For the author by Andrew & James Rome, 1855. First edition of the most important volume in American poetry, which Whitman personally financed, supervised and even in some sections hand-set the type for the small printing of 795 copies. Small folio, frontispiece engraved portrait of the author by Hollyer after the daguerreotype by Gabriel Harrison, mounted opposite the title, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards by MacDonald, New York, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom full morocco clamshell chemise. No one knows for certain how Whitman raised the money to pay for the first Leaves of Grass... Whitman had taken his manuscript to a couple of friends, the brothers James and Thomas Rome, who had a printing shop at the corner of Fulton and Cranberry Streets. Possibly the author had tried a commercial publisher first and had the book rejected. If so, he kept quiet about it. The Romes did print a few books but specialized in the printing of legal documents. Whitman, a proud and skilled printer, moved in on them to oversee the production of Leaves. They allowed him to set type himself whenever he felt like it. Ten pages or so were his own work. He had a routine and a special chair over in the corner... The engraved portrait facing the title page (showed) a person who looked as if he might be the printer rather than the author. He was unnamed... Before a reader reached the dozen untitled poems there stood the barrier of the preface, an off-putting obstacle of ten pages of weirdly punctuated prose in close print, set in double columns. The poems themselves were in more readable type, laid across a wide format to accommodate the strangely long and irregular lines. The inking was spotty and must have given Whitman some qualms, but he had no money to spare for anything better... The centerpiece of his strange book, in the 'rough and ragged thicket of its pages,' was a sustained poem of fifty-two sections called 'Song of Myself... If Emerson is, in John Dewey's words, the philosopher of democracy, then Whitman is indisputably its poet. In Whitman we have a democrat who set out to imagine the life of the average man in average circumstances changed into something grand and heroic... He claimed that he had never been given a proper hearing, and spent his whole life trying to publish himself. A hundred years after his death, the strange fate of his book is known. He said often enough that it had been a financial failure, signed it and himself over to posterity, a 'candidate for the future... There has never been a more remarkable poem" (Callow, From Noon to Starry Night). "Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy... In a sense, it is America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, this of 1855 intellectual" (PMM 340). The most important and influential volume of poetry written in America, Whitman's literary masterpiece, Leaves of Grass is "one of the most magnificent fabrications of modern times... he never surrendered... his vision of himself as one who might go forth among the American people and astonish them..." (DAB). The first edition of Leaves of Grass was a failure with the public, but upon receiving a copy, Emerson responded with his famous letter. "I find it [Leaves of Grass] the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed... I greet you at the beginning of a great career.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

Whitman Walt

Brooklyn: [for the author], 1856. The Rare First Octavo Edition and second edition overall. A COPY WITH FINE PROVENANCE, A PLEASING ASSOCIATION COPY AND AS WELL, A WHITMAN FAMILY COPY. Printed for the Author in Brooklyn, NY as was the first edition of the prior year.. With a portrait frontispiece. 8vo, the printer/publisher' original green cloth, gilt decorated on the cover as the first edition and with gilt designs and lettering developed especially for this printing. A very good copy with some light foxing as is typical. The spine has a bit of wear at the head and tail, some light evidence of wear or age overall, a well preserved, tight copy, hinges in good order, a copy with fine provenance. FIRST OCTAVO EDITION, PRINTED ONE YEAR AFTER THE FIRST, AND AGAIN, IN BROOKLYN AND FOR THE AUTHOR. A COPY WITH FAMILY PROVENANCE AND A PLEASING ASSOCIATION COPY, FROM A WHITMAN FAMILY COLLECTION. Most probably belonging to Whitman’s sister, Mary Elizabeth and then passed on to her daughter and finally to her granddaughter Zora Tuthill with Ms. Tuthill’s ownership inscription on the front free-fly. Mary Elizabeth appears in several of Walt Whitman's stories and she often seems to be the subject of Whitman's inquiries about loss of innocence. She is the unnamed fourteen year old in is story "My Boys and Girls" (1844) and is presented as the sweet Sister Mary in his children's story "The Half-Breed: A Tale of the Western Frontier" (1845). Walt Whitman often visited and stayed with the family at the Greenport home, owned by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Whitman Van Nostrand. Whenever he came to visit his sister and her children, he would use the house as an inspirational place to write. The home, a small white house, in a small town, represented for Whitman idyllic hearth and home living. Mary, unlike many of her siblings, enjoyed an average normal existence, and she separated herself from the eccentricities of the Whitman family. For Whitman, time spent with Mary in Greenport was peaceful and contented. Mary Elizabeth was an important influence on Walt Whitman because she represented for him ideals he wanted to believe in. Mary Elizabeth provided a haven for him where he could visit for rest and where he could rediscover his dream for the Whitman family. 'Whitman also wrote essays about the North Fork from this house,' (Gail Horton, Stirling Historical Society). Walt Whitman was known for his generosity toward his family. Periodically, he’d give his sister money to make improvements on the house.. “One of the improvements she made was to put on the porch and add tin walls and tin ceilings in the living room.” Those features are still part of the home today. This second edition was greatly enlarged by the addition of 20 poems, as well as a laudatory letter from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Whitman's long reply, and several reviews of the books (including Whitman's own anonymous review, originally published in the Brooklyn "Daily Times"). The book is usually found in rough condition if found at all. An important contemporary of Whitman's and a revered figure in the New England landscape of the American Renaissance, Bronson Alcott recorded in his journal for October 4, 1856, that he had gone to Brooklyn to see Walt Whitman. "I pass a couple of hours, and find him to be an extraordinary person, full of brute power, certainly of genius and audacity, and likely to make his mark on Young America--he affirming himself to be its representative man and poet. I must meet him again, and more than once, to mete his merits and place in this Pantheon of the West. He gives me his new book of poems, the Leaves of Grass, 2nd edition, with new verses, and asks me to write him if I have any more to say about him or his master, Emerson...." Alcott also refers to Whitman's generosity in a letter to his wife on 10 October: "I crossed to Brooklyn and passed some hours with Walt Whitman the Poet, author of the Leaves of Grass, of which he gave me a copy of the new edition, just published, and containing a characteristic letter of his in answer to Emerson, printed some time since in 'the Tribune.' I am well rewarded for finding this extraordinary man, and shall see more of him before I leave N.Y." Alcott did indeed see more of him--he returned with Henry David Thoreau and had an interesting visit, during which Whitman gave Thoreau a copy of the book as well.

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Leaves of Grass; Two Rivulets.

WHITMAN, Walt.

Camden, NJ: , 1876. Signed set 2 works, octavo. Original cream half calf, blind patterned spines, light brown labels lettered in gilt, marbled boards, yellow endpapers. Housed in green linen chemises and dark green morocco-backed linen slipcases. 2 portraits in Leaves of Grass, albumen photograph frontispiece portrait in Two Rivulets. Some stripping of leather, spines rubbed and worn at extremities, joints split (boards of Two Rivulets holding on lower cords), spines of slipcases sunned with one of the chemises almost split; internally clean and complete with the terminal advertisement leaf in each volume. Signed copies of the Centennial edition (comprising the first edition, second printing of Two Rivulets, and fifth edition, third printing, second issue of Leaves of Grass), of which around 800 and 600 copies respectively were printed. The portrait of Whitman in Two Rivulets is signed and dated by the author; the title page of Leaves of Grass also signed by the author. In addition this copy includes an inscribed sheet (tipped to the front free endpaper) and inscribed in Whitman's bold and distinctive hand: "Centennial Ed'n Two Vols Leaves of Grass & Two Rivulets bound in half leather & Italian boards Containing Autograph Portraits (three from life) Personal Memoranda in Secession War & 'Democratic Vistas'". Whitman was personally involved in the printing of this Centennial Edition. "Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets... formed a complex, multi-faceted centennial offering that provided trenchant commentary on the century-old country, mixing indictment and praise, offsetting despair at failures with hope for the future, and juxtaposing prose and poetry" (Folsom & Price, Re-Scripting Walt Whitman, p. 106). Myerson A2.5.c2 & 9.1.b.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

Whitman, 1876. Special Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. The signed "author's edition," signed as called for by the author on the title page, but also additionally inscribed and dated July 27, 1876, by the author on the front free endpaper. Also bears the recipient's ownership signature on the front free endpaper, Ms. K. Hillard. This author's edition was published by Whitman himself as a "centennial edition," one on only 600 copies printed, and constituted the fifth edition, third printing, second issue of Leaves of Grass. Book has later leather spine. Laid in is a signed letter to Ms. Hillard, dated March 12, 1876. Int he letter Whitman speaks about mutual friends and animated get togethers, and also discusses how expensive it was to self-publish the centennial books ("how absurdly high the price."). The letter is separated at the center fold, and a small corner missing, affecting part of the signature. Housed in a handsome clamshell case.

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Leaves of grass; Two rivulets & photograph signed

WHITMAN, Walt

Camden, NJ: [n.p.], 1876. AUTHORS' EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF RIVULETS. With albumen photograph of Whitman as frontispiece, signed by the author on the photograph (his name and born May 31, 1918), and signed on the original yellow fly-leaf "Roden Noel, from the author." Two works offered together, uniformly bound by Bayntun in polished green calf, gilt-ruled covers, gilt spine with 2 spine labels. Both in exquisite condition, from the library of Louis E. Goodman with his bookplate in each volume. The author's edition. Six hundred copies of Leaves of grass were printed, most of which were signed by Whitman on the title page. This is the first edition, first issue of Two rivulets; the first printing consisted of only one hundred copies, and can be distinguished by the blank leaf in between As a strong bird on pinions free and Memoranda during the war. "On 2 May 1875, Whitman announced: 'I shall bring out a volume this summer, partly as my own contribution to our National Centennial. It is to be called Two Rivulets -- (i.e. two flowing chains of prose and verse, emanating the real and ideal)[.] It will embody much that I had previously written & that you know, but about one-third, as I guess, that is fresh'" (Myerson, 196). The book contains Two Rivulets, Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs-1876, As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free, Memoranda During the War and Passage to India. Roden Noel (1834-94) was a well-known English poet. The son of Noël, Lord Barham, afterwards Earl of Gainsborough, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he obtained his M.A. in 1858. He then spent two years traveling in the East. In 1863, he married Alice de Bro, daughter of the director of the Ottoman Bank in Beirut. Their third child, Eric, who died aged five, is commemorated in Roden Noël's best-known book of verse, A Little Child's Monument (1881).

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Leaves of Grass (Included in this Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman 1855.1888)

Whitman, Walt

SIGNED Limited Edition of 600 copies self published by Walt Whitman. A magnificent copy. This copy is SIGNED by Walt Whitman on the title page. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A superb copy SIGNED by the author. We buy SIGNED Walt Whitman First Editions.

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Leaves of Grass.

Whitman, Walt

Brooklyn, New York: Fowler and Wells, 1856. Rare second edition, one of a 1000 copies of the most important volume in American poetry, with an additional twenty poems not found in the first edition as well as a new section of correspondence and reviews entitled "Leaves-droppings" that begins with the famous letter from Emerson containing the salutation "I greet you at the beginning of a great career." Small octavo, original green cloth. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Walt Whitman. Bookplate of Barrett Wendell to the inside panel. Barrett was an American academic and a trustee of the Boston Athenaeum, a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and he was also elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers. Bookplate of William Whitwell Greenough. Greenough was a Boston merchant and politician, trustee of the Boston Public Library, 1856-1888, President of the Board of Trustees, 1866-1888. In very good condition with some toning to the spine and overall light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example of this rarity with noted provenance. Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy... In a sense, it is America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, this of 1855 intellectual" (PMM 340). The most important and influential volume of poetry written in America, Whitman's literary masterpiece, Leaves of Grass is "one of the most magnificent fabrications of modern times... he never surrendered... his vision of himself as one who might go forth among the American people and astonish them..." (DAB).

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Leaves of Grass (Included in this Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman 1855.1888)

Whitman, Walt

SIGNED Limited Edition of 600 copies self published by Walt Whitman. A magnificent copy. This copy is SIGNED by Walt Whitman on the title page. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A superb copy SIGNED by the author.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

Whitman, Walt

Brooklyn, NY: [Published for the Author by Fowler and Wells], 1856. iv,[5]-384,[1]pp. Small octavo. Original dark grayish-green cloth, stamped in blind, spine decorated, and upper board lettered, in gilt. Portrait. Neatly rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down (slightly dull, and with shallow losses at crown and toe, with attendant strengthening to inner hinges), early pencil signature on free endsheet, followed by a neat ink paraph, same early, small ink last name in upper fore-corner of title, usual slight tanning to paper and a few formerly turned down corners, otherwise a very good copy. Folding cloth slipcase. Second edition (only printing), expanded by the addition of thirty-two poems, and the substantial collection of reviews and notices at the end, among them the letter of praise from Emerson (first published as a small promotional broadside, and excerpted here in the spine stamping as well). Myerson references John Burroughs, and Wells & Goldsmith, as the source for the determination that the edition consisted of one thousand copies, which sold quickly. Fowler and Wells declined to put their name on the title-page as publishers, but the terminal page of adverts records their participation. This edition "is quite a rarity and is seldom found in good condition" - Wells & Goldsmith. "Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy. The whole of LEAVES OF GRASS is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation" - Printing & The Mind of Man. "He was and is the poet and prophet of democracy, and the intoxication of his immense affirmative, the fervor of his 'barbaric yawp,' are so powerful that the echo of his crude yet rhythmic song rings forever in the American air" - Grolier 100. BAL 21396 & 5225(n). MYERSON A2.2. WELLS & GOLDSMITH pp. 5-6. GROLIER AMERICAN HUNDRED 67. PRINTING & THE MIND OF MAN 340.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

Camden, New Jersey, 1876 SIGNED LIMITED EDITION of 600 copies SIGNED by Walt Whitman. This edition is known as the "Author's Edition" A magnificent copy. The book appears UNREAD. The binding is tight, with NO cocking or leaning. The boards are crisp with slight wear to the edges. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy in collector's edition SIGNED by the author on the title page. We buy SIGNED Whitman First Editions.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, WALT

Washington, DC: Redfield, 1871. Fifth edition, first issue. Contemporary morocco. Very Good. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY WALT WHITMAN TO CYRIL FLOWER; IN MAGNIFICENT CONTEMPORARY BINDING BY BIRDSALL. The Edition: "Walt Whitman is the only major American poet of the nineteenth century to have an intimate association with the art of bookmaking. Everyone knows Whitman as a poet and the author of one of the most studied books of American poetry, Leaves of Grass. What is less well known is that Whitman was trained as a printer and throughout his life spent time in printing shops and binderies, often setting type himself and always intimately involved in the design and production of his books. Whitman did not just write his book, he made his book, and he made it over and over again, each time producing a different material object that spoke to its readers in different ways... [Therefore] each edition of Leaves is essentially a different book, not just another version of the same book." (Ed Folsom, "Whitman Making Books/Books Making Whitman"). This edition is the first issue of the fifth edition, issued in September 1870 (but bearing an 1871 date on the title page); sometimes referred to as the "first Washington edition". Incorporating the experience of the Civil War, it was a "new and completely restructured edition... For this edition, Whitman absorbed his Drum-Taps and Sequel poems fully into the architectonics of Leaves, creating several Civil War-related clusters of poems: 'Drum-Taps' (now quite different from the book Drum-Taps), 'Marches now the War is Over,' 'Bathed in War's Perfume.' Civil War poems have now been scattered through the book, indicating Whitman's desire to make all of Leaves cohere around the experience of the war." The war represented such a point of discontinuity for Whitman that he imagined the 1871 edition to be his last: "He had absorbed the war into his book, and he felt he needed to turn to something new." Whitman, of course, ultimately would not abandon Leaves of Grass, publishing (along with re-printings) a sixth edition in 1881 and a "Deathbed Edition" of 1891-92. (Folsom, ibid). This first issue - with 1871 on the title page and without the later edition of "Passage to India" - is one of the rarest issues of Leaves of Grass. The inscription and association: Signed and inscribed in ink on the front flyleaf: "Cyril Flower from Walt Whitman, Washington, U.S.A., Dec. 1, 1870" and with Cyril Flower's bookplate on the front pastedown. Cyril Flower, 1st Baron Battersea (1843-1907), was a well-known and well-connected British politician, patron of the arts, and generally intriguing character. Known as "a man of great charm, distinguished for taste, hospitality and extravagance," Battersea married into the Rothschild family and became "very rich"; rich enough to become a major art collector and patron of important artists such as James McNeill Whistler and members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. (Dictionary of National Biography; Dictionary of Real People and Places in Fiction). The binding: Bound by the famous English bindery Birdsall & Son of Northampton (with their stamp on the front free endpaper), in luxurious, heavily gilt-decorated Spanish morocco, almost certainly commissioned by Cyril Flower (with his bookplate on the front pastedown), with morocco spine label, gilt dentelles, and all edges gilt. Washington, D.C.: [Printed for Whitman by J.S. Redfriend, New York], 1871. Octavo (approx. 5x8 inches), contemporary gilt-decorated Spanish morocco by Birdsall. With old letter from bookseller (Duttons, NY) explaining the binding and Cyril Flower association laid-in. Binding with some scuffing at joints and edges; text fine. A BEAUTIFUL, ELEGANT SIGNED AND INSCRIBED COPY OF ONE OF THE RAREST EDITIONS OF LEAVES OF GRASS.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Walt Whitman. This author's edition has the two portrait plates of Whitman bound in the original 1/2 cream calf over marbled boards. A beautiful copy. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the spine. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy SIGNED by the author.

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, WALT

Boston: Thayer & Eldridge, 1860. Third Edition; printing 1 (BAL 21397- "probable sequence"); state 1 of the frontispiece portrait; BAL binding B (no sequence established, but binding A was issued in wrappers for reviewers). A much better than usual copy, easily exceptional, with only slight foxing, wear and shaking; tiny, contemporary bookseller’s label on the upper corner of the front free endpaper; the very bottom of the front hinge has started; in a custom clamshell box. The publisher quickly sold out the first printing, producing a second before going bankrupt. These plates enjoyed a life far beyond that of their original owner, employed in many unauthorized printings before their eventual purchase and retirement by Whitman’s estate.

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Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman

Philadelphia: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860. 3rd Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 1st Printing 1 Copyright date is 1860-1861 First printing Thayer and Eldridge, 1860-1861. Third edition. 12mo. Original orange cloth, stamped in blind and in gilt, beveled edges. BAL 21397, first printing, third state of the portrait, binding state C. Original orange cloth, beveled covers, sides blind stamped, spine gilt and blind stamped; edge wear, corners bumped and rubbed, spine ends frayed - but bands intact. Gray-tan endpapers, fly leaves present. Frontispiece portrait. Light foxing at front and back - including to portrait and title-page, a few signatures just sprung. Hinges starting to crack. Book-plate (ca. 1920s) on front free endpaper recto, bookseller's ink stamp on front paste-down. BAL 21397, first printing, 3rd state of the portrait, binding state C. third edition, but first containing the calamus love poems

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, WALT

Philadelphia: Rees Welsh & Co., 1882. BAL 21419; identifying this edition as largely a reprint of the Boston 1881-82 edition (the publisher of which, Osgood, gave up issuing the book under pressure from the Massachusetts Attorney General), but incorporating a number of changes (at least 16 are identified). This publisher, under the direction of a young David McKay, ignored the legal threat, producing four printings of this edition before the plates were issued under McKay’s own imprint. These Rees Welsh printings are indistinguishable. Inscribed by Whitman on the first blank, “J. William Thompson from the author.” The recipient, a London lawyer, was a correspondent of Whitman, who, at least on one occasion, ordered some books directly from the often self-published author. Some cloth wear and soiling; overall, a very good copy.

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Leaves of Grass

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David McKay, 1891-92. Hardcover. Fine. An excellent copy of the 1892 best and complete edition of "Leaves of Grass" was described by Whitman as "by far his special and entire self-chosen poetic utterance." [NY Herald] Referred to as the 'Deathbed edition', it was published just two months prior to Whitman's death. From an initial publication of 12 poems, 35-40 years and 4-8 expanded publications of his poetry, this book is the capstone with nearly 400 poems spanning every aspect of his life. Upon its publication, Walt Whitman wished "respectfully to notify the public that… 'Leaves of Grass'… is now completed… and he would like this new 1892 edition to absolutely supersede all previous ones…" [NY Herald] This edition carries the word 'complete' on the spine of the book further identifying the publication. very fine copy of the 1892 best and complete edition of "Leaves of Grass" was described by Whitman as "by far his special and entire self-chosen poetic utterance." [NY Herald] Referred to as the 'Deathbed edition', it was published just two months prior to Whitman's death. From an initial publication of 12 poems, 35-40 years and 4-8 expanded publications of his poetry, this book is the capstone with nearly 400 poems spanning every aspect of his life. Upon its publication, Walt Whitman wished "respectfully to notify the public that… 'Leaves of Grass'… is now completed… and he would like this new 1892 edition to absolutely supersede all previous ones…" [NY Herald] This edition carries the word 'complete' on the spine of the book further identifying the publication. The book is in Fine condition, though both front and back hinges have required reinforcement. Green cloth; gold top edge of pages. A valuable, and desirable, book for any library. 1ST EDITION.

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LEAVES OF GRASS.

Whitman Walt

Washington, DC: Walt Whitman, 1872. First Washington edition, cloth issue. 8vo, publisher's original dark green cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine. vi,384,120,14 pp. A well preserved, tight and clean copy of this very scarce edition, some light or normal evidence of age mellowing. The cloth colour still dark and unfaded. VERY SCARCE AND IMPORTANT EARLY PRINTING OF THIS AMERICAN MASTERWORK. Washington editions are rarely seen. This is the first time that LEAVES OF GRASS had appeared in book form with PASSAGE TO INDIA (published as a pamphlet in 1871), but adding a new poem here. The volume also contains “ After All, To Create Only” as an addendum (published for the first time). Whitman’s LEAVES OF GRASS portrayed America at the crossroads between an old world, soon to be caste off, and the new world of our future present. With the publication of LEAVES OF GRASS in 1855, Whitman, the poet of democracy, ushered in a new era in American letters, describing specifically American experiences in a distinctly American idiom. From its first publication in 1855, he had complete confidence in the greatness of both the book and its author. PASSAGE TO INDIA was written to celebrate the completion of the Suez Canal and the transcontinental railroad, in what would be the “ marriage of the continents”. And it is here that Whitman for the first time evokes Eastern ideas of spirituality and religion and predicts an America that combines “the physical and intellectual culture of the west, with the spirituality of the East..where the Poet, worthy that name; the true Son of God shall come singing his songs.” “Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy. The whole of LEAVES OF GRASS is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation. In a sense, it is America’s second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, this of 1855 intellectual. ...The poems are saturated ‘with a vehemence of pride and audacity of freedom necessary to loosen the mind of still-to-be-formed America from the folds, the superstitions, and all the long, tenacious, and stifling anti-democratic authorities of Asiatic and European past’. To the young nation, only just becoming aware of an individual literary identity distinct from its European origins, Whitman’s message and his outspoken confidence came at a decisive moment. “LEAVES OF GRASS was Whitman’s favorite child. From the time of its original publication...until the year of his death, he continued revising and enlarging it. If (his) reputation has fluctuated over the years and his position among, if indeed not at the head of, the list of great American poets was not assured until some time after his death, there was never any doubt of the matter in his own mind. ‘I know I am deathless’, he wrote. ‘Whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years, I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can wait.’ Time has vindicated his conviction.” PMM

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, WALT

This is the fourth Leaves of Grass. The failure of Thayer & Eldridge, publisher of the third edition (Boston, 1860), left Whitman in search of a publisher. The poet decided that the events of the Civil War called for another reimagining of Leaves of Grass. Whitman returned to his earlier practice and financed the publication himself, engaging the New York printer William E. Chapin. For the first time, the 1867 Leaves opened with the poem "Inscription," which introduced the book in subsequent editions. "In various permutations, Whitman circulated this fourth edition as four separately paginated books stitched together between two covers: a vastly re-edited version of the 1860 Leaves, a reissue of Drum-Taps, a reissue of the Sequel to Drum-Taps, and a striking coda called Songs Before Parting. This most chaotic of all six editions of Leaves contains only six new poems ("Inscription" [later "One's-Self I Sing" and "Small the Theme of My Chant"], "The Runner," "Leaves of Grass" number 2 [later "Tears"], "Leaves of Grass" number 3 [later "Aboard at a Ship's Helm"], "When I Read the Book," and "The City Dead-House"), but its significance lies in its intriguing raggedness, which is embedded in the social upheaval in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War" (Mancuso, Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia). There are three issues, each with the same title-page: 1) containing Leaves of Grass, Drum-Taps, Sequel to Drum-Taps, and Songs before Parting; 2) as above but omitting Drum-Taps and Sequel to Drum-Taps [the present copy]; 3) containing Leaves of Grass only. The present copy is the second issue. Myerson A 2.4.a2.Original half black leather, marbled paper boards. Some restoration to binding. An attractive copy.

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, Walt

WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Original cloth. Washington, D.C., 1872. BAL 21407. Contains the 1871 edition of LEAVES OF GRASS, and PASSAGE TO INDIA, 1871, with revisions and alterations. Cloth rubbed, edges worn. Overall very good. In a morocco and marbled paper clamshell box. This particular volume contains an original 3" x 5" photograph of Walt Whitman, not called for in the bibliographical description of the book, pasted in as a frontispiece. The photo was taken by George C. Potter in 1871(?) and was used to produce a well-known engraving of Whitman by Linton.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

New York: Random House, Inc. , 1930. Folio. Original wooden boards with quarter red morocco spine with 5 thick raised bands and bold black stamped lettering to the spine, with the publication date stamped at spine foot. 400 copies printed by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, San Francisco. With woodcuts by Valenti Angelo. This copy is number 50 of 400. Some light staining to the spine and rubbing to the bands, with light wear to the leather at spine foot. A few light scratches to the boards and lightly nicked corners. The contents clean and the binding is tight and square. Remains a very good copy of this now rare and desireable Grabhorn press edition of Whitman's poems. Stunning production. . Hardcover. Very Good.

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Leaves of Grass.

Whitman, Walt.

David McKay, Philadelphia: 1884. Seventh Edition, Eleventh Printing. Inked name and place to front free endpaper, front hinge expertly restored, a few light spots and minor rubbing, very good to near fine in custom mylar cover and custom modern slipcase. Inscribed on the front free fly-leaf: "William Ware, from the author, May 21, 1886" and signed by the author on the title page. Myerson: Walt Whitman, a Descriptive Bibliography, A2.7k.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

WHITMAN, Walt (Edward WESTON)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1942. Hardcover. Tasteful bookplate on each front pastedown. Just a touch of wear to the spine tips. About Fine in a Near Fine slipcase with faint dampstaining to the edge of one side. Uncommon in this condition. Edward Weston. Two slim, tall quarto (9" x 12") volumes bound in imitation vellum reproducing in dark grass-green ink a photograph by Edward Weston who has illustrated the volume with 49 photographs specially commissioned for this book and made into exquisitely clear half-tones printed on coated paper. Each spine has a leather label with the title stamped in gilt. With an introduction by Mark Van Doren. Copy #1047 of 1500 SIGNED by the photographer on the colophon page. A masterpiece of the modern photographically illustrated book.

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, WALT

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1942. Two volumes in green illustrated cloth with gilt lettered spine labels. Housed in brown cloth slipcase. Edition limited to 1500 copies signed by the photographer. This is copy #1331. Some slight wear to corners o/w fine copies in mildly worn slipcase. Beautifully produced book for it's day with great black white phots by Weston. Scarce in this condition.. Signed By the Photographer. 1st of This Edition. Cloth. Near Fine. Illus. by Edward Weston. Quarto.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

WHITMAN, Walt (Edward WESTON)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1942. Hardcover. Very minor wear to the spine tips and corners. Near Fine, lacking the slipcase. Edward Weston. Two slim, tall quarto (9" x 12") volumes bound in imitation vellum reproducing in dark grass-green ink a photograph by Edward Weston who has illustrated the volume with 49 photographs specially commissioned for this book and made into exquisitely clear half-tones printed on coated paper. Each spine has a leather label with the title stamped in gilt. With an introduction by Mark Van Doren. Copy #12 of 1500 SIGNED by the photographer on the colophon page. A masterpiece of the modern photographically illustrated book.

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, Walt

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1942. Limited. hardcover. near fine. Edward Weston. Frontispiece, illustrated with black and white photographs by Edward Weston. Introduction by Mark Van Doren. 2 volumes, large slim 4to, pictorial boards with brown leather labels on spine, (tops of spine lightly worn), brown cloth slipcase. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1941. Near fine. Limited Edition, signed by Edward Weston.

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THE LEAVES OF GRASS

WHITMAN, WALT

Limited Editions Club A FINE FIRST IN SLIPCASE.Two large quarto volumes. Illustrated with photos by Weston. Publisher's paper over boards, brown gilt morocco lettering labels on spines, original glassine, brown cloth slipcase. Glassine toned with some tears, chips, some rubbing to bindings, mild soiling to slipcase. Still, a fine copy.. Signed. Hardcover. FINE. Book.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman Walt

Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1881. Hardcover. Good. (Copyright 1881 / By Walt Whitman / All rights reserved). 8vo., 382 pages. -- Hinges weak, water stain to spine, spine tips moderately rubbed. -- Signed, "Frank Keck from Walt Whitman Nov. 2 1881". -- Condition:.

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Leaves of Grass; With an Introduction Written by Mark van Doren and Photographs Made by Edward Weston . .

Whitman, Walt

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1942. First edition thus. Spine ends show some wear, otherwise fine in original plastic jackets (reinforced with cellotape), and rubbed slipcase, worn at upper joints.. Weston, Edward. 2 vols., 4tos, xxix + 264pp + index; original decorative boards with leather spine labels; slipcase. Limited to 1500 copies, signed by Weston at the colophon in Volume 2. The 49 photographs by Weston were specially commissioned for this publication, for which he conducted an "extensive tour of democratic America."

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LEAVES OF GRASS [INCLUDES "SONGS BEFORE PARTING"]

Walt Whitman

New York: [William E. Chapin], 1867. Fourth Edition, Second Issue. Half Leather. Fair binding. The Fourth Edition, presumed Second Issue, of Leaves of Grass with all of the points according to Myerson. The contents page incorrectly lists Drum-Taps in addition to Leaves of Grass and "Songs Before Parting", as called for by Myerson. Scattered markings in pencil to the text, poem on the verso of the 'Inscription' page, and slight dampstaining to the bottom edge of the title page and copyright page. Bound in half black leather with red, orange, blue, and white nonpareil (or combed) marbled paper covered boards. Blindstamped double rules and gold stamped titling on the spine. Loss to the top of the spine and wear along the joints, edges of the boards, and rubbing to the marbled paper. Original marbled endpapers. All edges marbled, now faded. Binding is tight, although appears quite rough. (BAL 21399 | Myerson A 2.4.a). Fair binding.

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Leaves of Grass: 1855: Facsimile Edition

Whitman, Walt

Portland, Maine: Thomas Bird Mosher. Very Good to Near Fine. 1919. Facsimile.. Hard Cover. Signed by Publisher Limited to 50 One of 50 numbered copies on Japan vellum, signed by Thomas Bird Mosher. Nice copy in very good+ to near fine. Has prior owner's gift inscription and bookplater. Large or heavy book and may require extra postage. No AMAZON international order on this title. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall .

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, WALT

Washington, D.C.: no publisher, 1872. BAL 21407. Published anonymously. Bound with the 1872 edition of Passage to India. This edition corrects various errors in the 1871 editions of both, and adds a poem to the second title not included in its earlier printing. Publisher’s cloth; bubbled; some wear; minor page stains; good to very good.

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Leaves of grass

Whitman, Walt

Thayer and Eldridge. 1860-61, 1860-01-01. Third edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Third edition. Stated 1860-61 printing, but later. Bound in publisher's deep-purplish cloth. Good binding and cover. BAL binding state C. Beveled edges. Spine cloth slightly lightened. Myerson's Binding A. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Whitman (unsigned by S.A. Schoff), calligraphic title. 456pp. Early gift inscription from William Milligan to his brother Robert E. Milligan. Internally clean. <br><br> "Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and prophet of democracy. The whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation. In a sense, it is America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, that of 1855 intellectual." (PMM). Walt Whitman archive: "The significance of the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass tends to be paradoxical. Although the poems often express grief over romantic and professional failures, the book's new sense of structure, the sizable increase in poems, its wider readership and critical praise made it one of Whitman's most successful books. Although the poems seem more intimate and personal than previous Whitman poems, the third edition is also a deliberate intervention into public life, an attempt to realize American democratic ideals and save the Union.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

Boston: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860 Third edition, second (or third) printing, with the third state portrait frontispiece, in Blanck's C binding. One of 1,000 copies. Publisher's dark purple cloth, with decorative stamping to the boards in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, beveled edges, gray-tan endpapers. An excellent copy with only light rubbing and minor wear to the extremities, upper spine lightly frayed, corners lightly bumped, else near fine. Overall, a very clean and pleasing copy, seldom found in this condition. BAL 21397. First published in 1855, Leaves of Grass is a collection of poetry that Walt Whitman continued to edit, revise, and republish over the course of his life. In its first iteration, the collection contained only twelve verses, while later editions included several hundred. This third edition, the first to be widely accessible to the public, includes 146 new poems not found in the second edition - the largest augmentation in the text over the course of its revision and expansions. Inspired by his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalist movement, Whitman's poetry lauds the human experience and the American spirit. Although criticized for its exultation of sensual pleasure and overt discussion of sexuality, Leaves of Grass was highly praised by Emerson and is widely considered one of the cornerstones of 19th century American poetry.. Hard Cover. Near Fine.

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Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition

Walt Whitman

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010-08-20. Paperback. Used:Good.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

Philadelphia: David McKay, Publisher, 1892. Very Good+. Deathbed Edition. 438 pp. with author portrait at p. 29 with intact tissue guard. Original green cloth, top edge gilt. BAL 21441: Printing 2, Binding C. (No cancels. Author's name in facsimile autograph on spine.) Very Good+ with front and rear hinges a little free, corners bumped. Cloth has small scratch to front, tiny dent on back cover, rubbed and very lightly worn at head and tail. A very nice copy. Whitman's final arrangement of his magnum opus including "Sands At Seventy," "Goodbye My Fancy," and ''A Backward Glance O'Er Travel'D Roads.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

Boston: Thayer and Eldridge; Richard Worthington pirated edition, 1880?, 1880. Third edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. A Worthington piracy of the 1860 third edition variant of Leaves of Grass, with the frontispiece portrait of Whitman (an engraving by Stephen Alonzo Schoff from an oil painting portrait by Charles Hine). Dated on the title page of the third edition ("Year 85 of the States"). The poems are arranged in 7 "clusters": Chants Democratic and Native American, with an introductory poem "Apostrophe"; Leaves of Grass; Enfans d'Adam; Calamus; Messenger Leaves; Thoughts; Says; Debris; and 26 individual poems including Walt Whitman, A Word Out of the Sea (later titled Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking). The volume commences with Proto-Leaf, which was later called "Starting from Paumanok". According to the Walt Whitman archive, this is the edition in which Whitman introduced clusters celebrating homosexual love: "Enfans d'Adam," which would become "Children of Adam," and "Calamus," the controversial clusters celebrating heterosexual and homosexual love" 8vo, iv, 456pp. Maroon textured gilt cloth, beveled edges, blind stamped with a butterfly and the author's name on the spine; and the title and a design on the front and back boards. Spine tips expertly restored. According to BAL 21397, the copies lacking the printer's and stereotyper's imprints (as in this copy) on the copyright page were probably published after 1879. Bright, clean copy.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

Whitman, Walt

Thayer and Eldridge. 1860-61, 1860-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. 1860 Thayer & Eldridge pebbled cloth boards blind stamped front and rear binding slightly shaken, tissue guarded frontis, small tear to cloth head and toe of spine. 456 pages. Lacks the printer's and stereotyper's imprints indicating a Richard Worthington pirated edition. Please email for photos.

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LEAVES OF GRASS.

Whitman, Walt.

Pages 404 pp.Folio. Decorated paper over boards, brown morocco leather spine. Top edge gilt. In slipcase. Limited edition of 1100 copies. Wood engravings by Boyd Hanna. Tiny bit of wear to spine. Else in fine condition. Some wear & soiling to box.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

Thayer and Eldridge: Worthington, 1860. Third edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 3rd ed. Bound in publisher's cloth. Hardcover. Good binding and cover. 465 pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait by S.A. Schoff, calligraphic title. Staining to margin of portrait page. Third Edition, BAL binding state C. The presumed third printing (though previously thought to be the second), and first unauthorized printing, of the third edition, without the printers' imprints on the copyright-page. Myerson, Walt Whitman, a Descriptive Bibliography, A2.3.c (calling it the third printing); BAL 21397 (calling it the second printing). <br><br> "Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and prophet of democracy. The whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation. In a sense, it is America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, that of 1855 intellectual." (PMM). Walt Whitman archive: "The significance of the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass tends to be paradoxical. Although the poems often express grief over romantic and professional failures, the book's new sense of structure, the sizable increase in poems, its wider readership and critical praise made it one of Whitman's most successful books. Although the poems seem more intimate and personal than previous Whitman poems, the third edition is also a deliberate intervention into public life, an attempt to realize American democratic ideals and save the Union.

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Leaves of Grass.

Whitman, Walt.

Peter Pauper Press, [1943]. Commemorative Edition, one of 1150 copies. Slight rubbing to lower spine tips, else fine in publisher's mylard cover and custom slipcase. Fifteen beautiful two-color wood-engravings by Boyd Hanna.

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Leaves Of Grass: Complete 1892 [With: Sands At Seventy, Good-Bye My Fancy, A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads, And Portrait From Life]

Whitman, Walt

New York: John McKay, 1892. First Edition Thus . Green Cloth. Very Good +. 8 5/8" Tall. Portrait Plate. The So-Called "Deathbed Edition", 1892, But Completed Before Whitman's Final Illness, Incorporated Changes In Earlier Editions With Some Additional Very Minor Changes And A Complete Non-Chronological Re-Ordering Of The Material In Accordance With Whitman's Wishes. 438 Pp., Green Cloth With Gilt Lettering "Leaves Of Grass / Complete 1892 / Walt Whitman" On Spine, The Author's Name On The Spine Being A Facsimile Signature. Top Edge Gilt, Foredge And Bottom Edge Deckled, Inserted Portrait At Page 29, No Caption, With Tissue Guard, No Date On Title Page (Firstr Printing Has Date On Title Page), Facsimile Signature On Title Page, And Title Page And Last Page Of Contents Are Not Cancels. No Date Or Reference Later Than 1891 Anywhere Within Book, An Early But Not First Issue. Well Preserved, No Fading Or Stains Or Marks, Spine Gilt All Present And Bright But Not Brilliant; Hinges Tight, Two Small Areas Of Fraying On Top Edge Of Spine. A Small Area Is Darkened On Pp 214/215 From An Old Piece Of Paper Laid In Loosely.

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