Whitman Walt

Published by Philadelphia Rees Welch & Co. 1882-1883., 1883
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First Edition, First Issue. BAL 21422. This copy is from the library of diarist Frederick Shelley Ryman with his signature and Boston, Ma. on the front end-paper, where he also has written, "Autograph Edition see p.122- Bought off Walt Whitman himself. Recd Jan. 6th, 1888". Forty four of Ryman's diaries dated 1880-1929 are in the permanent collection of the Mass Historical Society. "An atheist, he espoused free-love doctrines, passionately loved the poetry of Walt Whitman, and championed women's rights to equal education and employment. Nonetheless, the adventures he recorded at length in his diaries disclose a subculture that Ryman shared with other single men and women of the era. Ryman left a rich historical legacy in his extensive diaries which provide a rare personal account of male sexual experience during the 19th Century". This copy has Ryman's news clippings, cross outs, marginal lines and annotations sporadically throughout the book. This copy has a bold Whitman signature laid in at page 122 opposite the portrait (loose) of Whitman with butterfly. 8vo, bound in the publisher's original yellow cloth. An attractive copy well used by its illustrious former owner with his extensive and highly interesting notes throughout, along with the laid-in portrait and Whitman autograph slip Ryman has also preserved within the book several articles on Whitman, some are laid in while others are tipped to the endpapers and free-flies. A WONDERFUL COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF THIS GREAT CLASSIC PROSE WORK BY WALT WHITMAN, AMERICA'S GREAT POET, THIS FASCINATING COPY WITH LAID IN AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE OF WALT WHITMAN AND EXTENSIVE NOTATIONS ATTESTING TO ITS FINE PROVENANCE. THE BOOK IS REPLETE WITH MARGINALIA AND CONTEMPORARY WRITTEN MARKINGS AND CONNECTIONS TO THE POET. Among Whitman's personal writings included herein are his reminiscences upon his last visit with Emerson, his visit to Concord and vicinity to meet with the Alcotts the Emersons and other important personages and to spend time discussing, visiting the grave of and paying homage to Henry David Thoreau. Also included is a critique on the poetry of America, as well as an entire sub-section entitled "Notes Left Over." These writings are Whitman's most famous prose considerations. Bookseller Inventory # 27705

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Publisher: Philadelphia Rees Welch & Co. 1882-1883.

Publication Date: 1883

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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