Whitman Walt

Published by Brooklyn [for the author] 1856, 1856
Soft cover
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The rare first octavo edition and second edition overall. A COPY WITH FINE PROVENANCE AND A SUPERB ASSOCIATION COPY AND AS WELL, A WHITMAN FAMILY COPY. Printed for the author. 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 FINE PROVENANCE AND A SPLENDID ASSOCIATION COPY, most probably belonging to Whitmanís sister and then passed on to her daughter Zora Tuthill with Ms. Tuthillís ownership inscription on the front free-fly. From a Whitman family collection. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 27061

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Publisher: Brooklyn [for the author] 1856

Publication Date: 1856

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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