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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On Jul 2, 2017, Anonymous said:

Just found a copy of this rare book at a local thrift store. Good shape but binding needs help. Great masterful work of Whitman.

On May 15, 2016, a reader said:

Registered for copyright on 11 September 1856, the second edition of Leaves of Grass resulted from the continued surge of creativity that produced the first edition. The title page does not bear the author's name, but the verso page copyright is assigned to Walt Whitman (cf. Walter Whitman in the first edition). The little volume is bound in olive-green cloth; its front cover is blindstamped with leaves and berries and goldstamped "Leaves of Grass"; its back cover (without goldstamping) is identical. The spine is goldstamped with the title, leaf designs, and "I Greet You at the / Beginning of A / Great Career / R.W. Emerson." Unlike the slim outsized format of the first edition, this thick, squat volume measures approximately 6 2/3 by 3 3/16 inches and looks "like a fat hymn book" (Allen, Introduction xvi). The poems are set in well-leaded ten-point type, so that Whitman's characteristically long lines tend to overflow, sometimes three or four times. The New York Tribune advertised the one-dollar volume as "handy for pocket, table, or shelf" (Stern 121), so that when Whitman (in "Whoever You are Holding Me Now in Hand") challenges the reader to "carry me" "beneath your clothing," in breast or hip pocket, he imagines this volume as the embodiment of himself. The volume's frontispiece is a photograph of Whitman in the "carpenter" pose. Its 32 numbered poems, including all 12 carried over from the first edition, are for the first time given titles. They are followed by "Leaves-Droppings," consisting of Emerson's encouraging but private 21 July 1855 letter of praise (previously reprinted in the 10 October 1855 New York Tribune and tipped into some late issues of the first edition); Whitman's "dear Friend and Master" reply, in effect, a prose essay; and "Opinions, 1855–56"—nine favorable and unfavorable reviews, including two anonymous self-reviews. Despite its artistic merit, the volume was Whitman's greatest publishing failure. Its factual but unacknowledged publishers were Fowler and Wells, distributors of books and periodicals on phrenology, health reforms, and occasionally, belles lettres, to whose weekly Life Illustrated Whitman was then a contributor. Although reluctant to print the work, the firm advertised on 16 August in the same periodical that it was the principal distributor for this "neat pocket volume" in a stereotyped edition of 1,000 copies: "The author is still his own publisher, and Messrs. Fowler and Wells will again be his agents for the sale of the work" (qtd. in Stern 119). Despite Whitman's boast to Emerson that "these thirty-two Poems I stereotype to print several thousand copies of" (Comprehensive 730), sales were even poorer than those for the first edition; copies are now quite rare. Readers were embarrassed by such overtly sexual poems as "Spontaneous Me" and "A Woman Waits for Me," by the author's self-promotion, and by his unauthorized appropriation of Emerson's letter. Thus The Christian Examiner attacked the "foul work" ("Impious" 62) for its "pantheism and libidinousness" and its "self-applause" (63). Relations soured between poet and publisher. In 1857, when Whitman had 100 poems ready for the press, he declared that "Fowler & Wells are bad persons for me.—They retard my book very much" (Correspondence 1:44). This edition is more programmatic than its predecessor. In a notebook jotting, Whitman defines the "Idea to pervade" the book as "Eligibility—I, you, any one . . . any being, no matter who" (Notebook 8). And in a characteristic mixture of semi-mystic populism and personal hauteur, he positions himself as the spokesman-poet of the American masses, telling Emerson that "A profound person can easily know more of the people than they know of themselves" (Comprehensive 733). His letter to Emerson—in effect an essay explaining his poetic intentions to the literary establishment in the critical 1856 election year—asserts that his poems are intended to unify the nation, "for the union of the parts of the body is not more necessary to this life than the union of These States is to their life" (Comprehensive 733). He proposes a new literature for America to inspire a free, democratic youth, aware of their singularity and their sexuality and destined to overcome personal and national corruption. Like the authors of Fowler and Wells's manuals of reform and personal advice—many of whose ideas are interwoven into Whitman's poems—the persona often appears as a fatherly or brotherly counselor in matters physical, personal, or spiritual. At times his prescriptive tone borders on the prosaic, even the banal, and dilutes the intensity of some of the new poems. But Whitman was attempting to enlarge the poet-reader relationship by projecting himself as "the general human personality" (Bucke 63). And Whitman's contemporaries often found this hortatory tone to be congenial. Of this edition, Thoreau (while troubled by the edition's sensuality and its mixture of poetic wonders with "a thousand of brick") declared: "I do not believe that all the sermons, so-called, that have been preached in this land put together are equal to it for preaching" (Thoreau 68). With the 1856 edition Whitman began his lifelong practice of adding new poems, reworking previously published poems, and reordering poems into different groupings. Thus the dozen poems of the first edition are here distributed in the following sequence: 1, 4, 32, 26, 7, 27, 19, 16, 22, 25, 29, and 6, beginning with "Song of Myself," here called "Poem of Walt Whitman, an American." He added, deleted, and combined lines. For example, he deleted the two-line curse against those who defile the human body at the end of the 1855 "I Sing the Body Electric" and added a 36-line quasi-anatomical catalogue. He also began the practice of removing over-used conjunctions and abandoned the idiosyncratic but rhetorically effective combination of dots, dashes, and conventional punctuation of the first edition in favor of a more standardized system. The 1856 edition is more than an update; it is, in effect, a new work. Despite some poetic lapses, it is probably the most effectively designed of the six editions, and it is poetically dazzling. Its most impressive cluster of new poems, numbered 8 through 13, includes the following. The massive "By Blue Ontario's Shore," largely cannibalized from the 1855 prose Preface, is a paean to the present and future greatness of Americans ("It is I who am great, or to be great—it is you, or any one" [section 15]) and to the superb Whitman persona, the "equable," profound interpreter of the world and its symbols. "This Compost" evokes the persona's emotional interplay between his fear of death and his faith in the perpetuation of life. The short poem "To You [whoever you are]" is the persona's comradely outreach to his downtrodden fellows. "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," with its stunning coloration and its musical and philosophical subtleties—the undisputed masterpiece of the second edition—pictures a deathless, empathic Whitman persona whose presence becomes palpable to generations of readers. "Song of the Open Road" presents the dynamic persona as a reader of the world's symbols proposing to lead the American masses out of their cramped existences into a continuum of transcendental selfhood. The group concludes with the sexually provocative "A Woman Waits for Me.''

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Leaves of Grass

by WHITMAN, Walt

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Argosy Book Store
Published
1942
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near fine
Edition
Limited
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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, 1942. Near fine. … Read more
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Leaves of Grass; With an Introduction Written by Mark van Doren and Photographs Made by Edward Weston . .

by Whitman, Walt

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Locus Solus Rare Books
Published
1942
Condition
Spine ends show some wear, otherwise fine in original plastic jackets (reinforced with cellotape), and rubbed slipcase, worn at
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First edition thus
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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… Read more
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LEAVES OF GRASS [INCLUDES "SONGS BEFORE PARTING"]

by Walt Whitman

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Black Swan Books, Inc.
Published
1867
Condition
Fair binding
Edition
Fourth Edition, Second Issue
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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… Read more
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Leaves of Grass: 1855: Facsimile Edition

by Whitman, Walt

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wmburgettbooks & collectibles
Published
1919
Condition
Very Good to Near Fine
Edition
Facsimile.
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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.… Read more
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Leaves of Grass

by WHITMAN, WALT

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Peter L. Stern & Company, Inc.
Published
1872
Condition
BAL 21407. Published anonymously. Bound with the 1872 edition of Passage to India. This edition corrects various errors in the 1
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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

by Walt Whitman

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Debra's Quick Ship Books
Published
1900
Condition
Like New
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$899.10

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Sherman & Co. , 1900. Hardcover. Like New.
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LEAVES OF GRASS

by Whitman, Walt

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Nick Bikoff, Bookseller
Published
1942
Condition
Very Good
Edition
Limited/Signed/Numbered
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$875.00

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New York: Limited Editions Club. Very Good. 1942. Limited/Signed/Numbered. Hardcover. Two volumes bound in original decorative green covers. Each spine has a brown leather label with the title stamped in gilt. Hinges & text tight & intact. Leaves are bright & clean. In a two toned VG green slipcase. Illustrated with glossy black & white photographs by… Read more
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Leaves of grass

by Whitman, Walt

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SequiturBooks
Published
1860-01-01
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Very Good
Edition
Third edition
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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… Read more
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Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman

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Reagan's Rare Books
Published
c.1900
Condition
Very Good
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D. Appleton and Company, c.1900. Hardcover. Very Good. BOOK IS IN VERY GOOD OR BETTER CONDITION BEAUTIFULLY BOUND BY RIVIERE IN FULL POLISHED CALF WITH BRIGHT GILT RULE TO BOARDS, SIX COMPARTMENTS AND FIVE RAISED BANDS TO SPINE WITH BRIGHT GILT DETAILS AND TITLE. SOME LIGHT RUBBING TO LEATHER EXTREMITIES. BINDING AND HINGES ARE VERY GOOD, MARBLED END… Read more
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Leaves of Grass

by Whitman, Walt

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Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints
Published
1880
Condition
Very good condition
Edition
Third edition
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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… Read more
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LEAVES OF GRASS

by Whitman, Walt

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Griffin Books
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1860-01-01
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Very Good
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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.

by Whitman, Walt.

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Maxwell's Bookmark
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Limited edition of 1100 copies.
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$700.00

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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 (Original script for the 1971 musical play)

by Whitman, Walt (poet); Stanley Harte Jr. (music)

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1971
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New York: New Era Productions, 1971. Draft script for the 1971 musical, which premiered Off-Broadway on September 12 at Theatre Four. Notated in holograph ink as copy No 14A on the title page. An experimental musical based on Walt Whitman's 1855 collection of poetry. Green titled Studio Duplicating Service wrappers. Title page present, with credits for poet Walt Whitman and music… Read more
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Leaves of Grass.

by Whitman, Walt.

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The Hermitage Bookshop, Member ABAA
Published
[1943].
Condition
Slight rubbing to lower spine tips, else fine in publisher's mylard cover and custom slipcase.
Edition
Commemorative Edition, one of 1150 copies.
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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. Brown morocco backed decorative boards.
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LEAVES OF GRASS

by Whitman, Walt

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Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts
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Hanna, Boyd. (Hanna, Boyd)illus. LEAVES OF GRASS by Walt Whitman. Peter Pauper Press, Mt. Vernon, NY. Not dated, but 1950. Folio, Brown morocco over paper-covered boards with grass pattern, with gilt-lettered spine slipcase, 400pp., illustrated with 16 full-page color wood-engravings by Boyd Hanna. An unnumbered (out of series) copy from the edition of 1100. A luxuriously produced edition,… Read more
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THE LEAVES OF GRASS

by Whitman, Walt

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VAGABOND BOOKS
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Fine
Edition
FIRST
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Limited Editions Club ntroduction by Carolyn Wells. Frontispiece portrait of Whitman. (4to) patterned green cloth. One of 1500 copies designed by Frederic Warde and printed by William Edwin Rudge. Signed by book designer Frederic Warde. The second book issued by the Limited Editions Club.. FIRST. Hardcover. Fine. Book.
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Leaves of Grass

by WHITMAN, Walt

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abookshop
Published
1920
Condition
Fine
Edition
Reprint
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Portland, ME: Thomas B. Mosher, 1920. Bound in Dark Green cloth, stamped in gold. With the title on the front and black panels of book with gilt edging on both panels. The second facsimile edition, limited to 500 copies. This is a near perfect copy with no discernible flaws and the original dust jacket has one tiny… Read more
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Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman

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Last Exit Books
Published
1919
Condition
Good+
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$500.00

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E-180: D. Appleton & Company. Good+. 1919. Hardcover. Leather. 8vo. D. Appleton & Company, New York. No Date. [1919]. Centenary Edition. Three volumes in one. Includes Sands at Seventy, Good Bye My Fancy, Old Age Echoes, and A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads. 294, 323, 255 pgs. Illustrated with frontispiece. Bound by Riviere and Company green… Read more
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