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Leaves of Grass: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by Brooklyn, NY (1855)

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Item Description: Brooklyn, NY, 1855. Book Condition: Very Good. First edition. 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 of 1860 edition, Boston Banner of Light). Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 1533

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Leaves of Grass: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by Brooklyn New York (1855)

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Item Description: Brooklyn New York, 1855. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First State with portrait frontispiece printed on a sheet of heavier paper, second issue copyright page with two lines of information. This copy is authentically SIGNED Walt Whitman on a laid in signature. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight with no cocking or leaning with some repair. The pages are clean with minor discoloration to a few pages. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy SIGNED by the author housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy SIGNED Walt Whitman First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-19244844778

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The Complete Writings. Including a biography of: WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892)

Item Description: G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1902. 10 volumes, 8vo. Frontispieces in two states, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LEAF in vol. I together with a hand-engrossed certification leaf signed by Jeanette Gilder. Original publisher's receipt (for $500) laid-in. Full dark-green levant, covers with an overall floral design in gilt surrounding a central lozenge onlaid in red, the spine in six compartments with raised bands, red moire silk endsheets, t.e.g., at The Knickerbocker Press The Author's Manuscript Edition, number 20 of 32 copies: with a original manuscript leaf in Whitman's hand comprising a portion of Leaves of Grass. A choice copy of the Authors Manuscript Edition with an autograph draft leaf from chapter 153 (Hours of the Soul) of Specimen Days, presenting the entire East subsection, beginning, What a subject for a poem! Indeed, where else a more pregnant, more splendid one? Where one more idealistic-real, more subtle, more sensuous-delicate? The manuscript incorporates three line from The Errand Bearers, a poem that was later retitled A Broadway Pageant and included in the 1871 edition of Leaves of Grass. The manuscript has a number of strike-throughs and emendations, some in purple ink, and a note that the three-line quote from The Errand Bearers should be set in smaller type. Any portion of Leaves of Grass in Whitman's hand is desirable. Myerson B4; BAL 21454A. Bookseller Inventory # 26738

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Works] The Complete Writings. Including a biography: Whitman, Walt

Item Description: G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1902. The Author's Manuscript Edition, number 20 of 32 copies. Frontispieces in two states, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LEAF in vol. I together with a hand-engrossed certification leaf signed by Jeanette Gilder. Original publisher's receipt (for $500) laid-in. 10 vols. 8vo. "The East. What a Subject for a Poem ?" Whitman Manuscript Edition. A choice copy of the Author's Manuscript Edition with an autograph draft leaf from chapter 153 ("Hours of the Soul") of Specimen Days, presenting the entire "East" subsection, beginning, "What a subject for a poem! Indeed, where else a more pregnant, more splendid one? Where one more idealistic-real, more subtle, more sensuous-delicate?" The manuscript incorporates three line from "The Errand Bearers," a poem that was later retitled "A Broadway Pageant" and included in the 1871 edition of Leaves of Grass. The manuscript has a number of strike-throughs and emendations, some in purple ink, and a note that the three-line quote from "The Errand Bearers" should be set in "smaller type." Any portion of Leaves of Grass in Whitman's hand is desirable. Myerson B4; BAL 21454A Full dark-green levant, covers with an overall floral design in gilt surrounding a central lozenge onlaid in red, the spine in six compartments with raised bands, red moire silk endsheets, t.e.g., at The Knickerbocker Press. Fine Frontispieces in two states, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LEAF in vol. I together with a hand-engrossed certification leaf signed by Jeanette Gilder. Original publisher's receipt (for $500) laid-in. 10 vols. 8vo The Author's Manuscript Edition, number 20 of 32 copies. Bookseller Inventory # 259279

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WHITMAN Walt

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Item Description: 1855. First Edition. WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, New York: 1855. Quarto, late-19th-century three-quarter green morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers. Housed in a custom cloth chemise and full morocco pull-off case. $45,000.Extraordinarily scarce and important first edition of the most important volume of American poetry. "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". There has never been a more remarkable poem" (Callow). Whitman personally financed, supervised and even in some sections hand-set the type for the small printing of 795 copies. In a handsome morocco binding by James MacDonald of New York."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 a 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, signing 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." Only 795 copies of the first edition were printed; this copy was rebound sometime after 1880 by renowned bookbinder James MacDonald, born and trained in Scotland, who became one of the premier bookbinders in the United States, flourishing between 1880-1910. Second state of copyright page, with printed copyright notice (virtually all copies are. Bookseller Inventory # 101640

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WHITMAN Walt

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Item Description: 1902. WHITMAN, Walt. The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman, Issued under the Editorial Supervision of his Literary Executors, Richard Maurice Bucke, Thomas B. Harned, and Horace L. Traubel with additional bibliographical and Critical Material prepared by Oscar Lovell Triggs, Ph.D. New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1902. Ten volumes. Large octavo, contemporary full green crushed morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, gilt-tooled boards with elaborate floral motif surrounding red morocco diamond-shaped inlays, red watered silk doublures and endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $39,000."Author's Manuscript Edition,"ť number 3 of only 32 sets with one manuscript page in bold black ink entirely in Whitman's hand and signed by him. This set printed on Whatman paper and illustrated with 40 tissue-guarded engravings in double suite depicting Whitman in various stages of his life, including frontispieces in each volume, one of each beautifully hand-colored.The full-page manuscript, bound into Volume I of the set, is a manuscript of the final section of the passage in Specimen Days entitled "Hours for the Soul." Whitman has written the title "Furthermore" at the top of this page. The manuscript reads: "February 19, '80""Night [crossed out]""Just before 10 p.m. cold and entirely clear again, the show overhead, bearing southwest, of wonderful and crowded magnificence. The moon in her third quarter""the clusters of the Hyades and Pleiades, with the planet Mars between""in full crossing sprawl in the sky the Great Egyptian X, (Sirius, Procyon, and the main stars in the constellations of the Ship, the Dove, and of Orion)""just north of east Bootes, and in his knee Arcturus an hour high, mounting the heaven, ambitiously large and sparkling, as if he meant to challenge with Sirius the stellar supremacy. Walt Whitman." This important edition was issued under the supervision of three of Whitman's intimate friends: Richard Maurice Bucke, Thomas Harned, and perhaps most importantly, Horace Traubel, whose relationship to Whitman has been likened to that of Boswell to Johnson. With a biographical notice prepared by the literary executors. A total of 1,342 sets of the Complete Writings were produced and sold as six distinct editions; all copies have a half title stating "The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman" and each "edition" has a half title indicating both the name of that particular edition and the limitation. This set is the second such "edition" listed in Myerson, with priority assumed. Myerson B4. Bound into the first volume is a notarized statement dated May 19, 1902 authenticating the manuscript.A bit of minor expert restoration to the first three volumes. A beautiful set in about-fine condition. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 106126

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LEAVES OF GRASS: Whitman Walt

Whitman Walt

Published by Brooklyn [for the author] 1856 (1856)

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Item Description: Brooklyn [for the author] 1856, 1856. 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 Whitman’s sister and then passed on to her daughter Zora Tuthill with Ms. Tuthill’s 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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Whitman, Walt

Published by Self Published, Camden, New Jersey (1889)

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Item Description: Self Published, Camden, New Jersey, 1889. 70th Birthday Edition. Whitman, Walt. LEAVES OF GRASS with Sands at Seventy & a Backward Glance o'er Travel'd Roads. Camden, New Jersey, [May 31st,] 1889. Privately Printed. First edition thus. 8vo., 382pp + 20pp. Late 20th-century limp black morocco, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A very good copy showing some use with some modest restoration to the spine crown & corners. Custom clamshell case. One of only 300 copies of Leaves of Grass printed in commemoration of Whitman's 70th birthday, boldly signed by Whitman on the title page. With six portraits of the author, including the famous original mounted frontispiece photograph with a butterfly resting on his finger. This copy is further enhanced by its association with Whitman's great friend & his literary executor, Richard Maurice Bucke, who has inscribed & signed the front fly-leaf: "J. N. Greenshields from his friend R. M. Bucke [three line quotation from "I Sing The Body Electric", these lines underscored in the text] Asylum, London, Ont. 6 Nov. '95." Greenshields was a prominent Montreal lawyer & important financier. Bucke was born in England & raised in Canada, studied medicine & served as superintendent of the London, Ontario Asylum for the insane from 1877 until his death in 1902. He wrote two enthusiastic studies of Whitman; Walt Whitman: A Contemporaneous Study, [1883] [was the first biography of Whitman ever written] & Walt Whitman: Man and Poet, [1897]. Bucke helped edit Whitman's Complete Writings, [1902] & In Re Walt Whitman, [1893]. Bucke's Cosmic Consciousness, [1901] reflects much of Whitman's mysticism. "Whitman's influence over Bucke, a prematurely modern man smothered by the starched collars & repressed sexuality of the period, was profound. Whitman's fearless, infectious enthusiasm, prodigious lust for life & distain of convention consumes Bucke & frees him from his social bondage". An important & notable Association Copy. "When the superintendent of the Canadian insane asylum, Dr. Maurice Bucke, meets poet Walt Whitman, his life and that of his wife and patients is radically changed. Like Dr. Bucke, Whitman has avant-garde ideas on the subject of mental illness. "Dreamers" is based on true events." - From a review of the 1990 NFB film Beautiful Dreamers, staring Rip Torn as Whitman & Colm Feore as Bucke. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 29228

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Leaves of Grass (Second Edition): Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by [Fowler & Wells] (1856)

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Item Description: [Fowler & Wells], 1856. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good. Second Edition. Second Edition, one of only 1,000 copies rumored to have been printed. Published one year after the first edition, this edition contains 20 new poems and a new portable format. The publishers withheld their names due to the controversial reviews from the first edition. Recently rebound in half leather binding with raised bands and gilt tooling, with the original cloth preserved over the boards. New end papers and tissue guard. The text block shows foxing. Brackets in margins with a few underlines and a handful of small notations, most are in pencil (and likely erasable) but around 25 pages have them in faded black ink. Faint tide marks at top of prelims, and in margins of a few pages. Reading creases to a few page corners. An extremely scarce and very early edition of Walt Whitman's iconic collection. Bookseller Inventory # 140903046

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Leaves Of Grass: Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Published by Thayer and Eldridge, Boston (1860)

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Item Description: Thayer and Eldridge, Boston, 1860. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 5.50X 8. Other than the 2 first editions self published by Whitman, this is the first mainstream publication with over 100 additional poems. Clay colored boards are heavily embossed and gilt on spine is intact. Boards are slightly edge worn and corners bumped. A wonderful portrait of Whitmam and the protective tissue are yellowed. The binding is intact except for a four page section that is nearly separated. Pages are mostly clean, edges yellowed. Bookseller Inventory # MC11070005

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Whitman, Walt

Published by Fowler and Wells, Brooklyn, New York (1856)

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Item Description: Fowler and Wells, Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition of Leaves of Grass 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. One of a 1,000 copies. In very good condition with some toning to the spine and overall light wear. Bookplate of Barrett Wendell to the inside gutter. 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. 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). "The book is quite a rarity and is seldom found in good condition" (Wells & Goldsmith, pp. 5-6). Bookseller Inventory # 4314

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EMERSON, Ralph Waldo, James Russell Lowell, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Henry James, John Steinbeck, and Others

Published by Cummings and Hilliard; [et al.], Boston; New York (1940)

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Item Description: Cummings and Hilliard; [et al.], Boston; New York, 1940. Hardcover. Magazine. 238 bound volumes. Octavos. A near-complete run of the *North American Review*, America's most important literary journal of the 19th and early 20th Century. A consecutive run of volumes 10-248 dating from January 1820 through the final 1939-40 Winter issues, lacking only the first nine volumes, one quarterly issue from 1868 (October), and six monthly issues from 1894 (January-June). Most volumes are bound in full beige or blue cloth (13 are in half calf and marbled paper boards); volumes 174-248 have the original wrappers bound in.Founded in 1815, the *NAR* established itself as the most intellectual magazine in America. It quickly gained an international reputation and was a leading literary force in American letters throughout its 125-year history. Known for its long essay reviews of contemporary American and European literature, it also published scholarly articles on American society and current affairs, serving both as a platform for much of the most exciting social and literary commentary in the country, and as an arena for public debates on slavery and other controversial issues of the day.Most importantly, the magazine published contributions by some of America's best writers, ranging from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Thomas Wolfe, and including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, John Russell Lowell, Mark Twain, Henry James, John Steinbeck, and others. Among the many complete works featured in this long run are Emerson's lectures on "Michael Angelo," "Milton," and five other essays and lectures; Washington Irving's "The Northmen"; and Longfellow's "Defense of Poetry." Walt Whitman contributed seven essays over a 10-year period, including: "The Poetry of the Future," "Old Poets," and "Have We a National Literature," and Mark Twain contributed five satires and essays, including: "In Defense of Harriet Shelley," "To the Person Sitting in Darkness," and "Edmund Burke on Croker and Tammany."Also noteworthy is Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw's "Slavery and the Missouri Question" from 1820, and Lewis Cass's influential articles on American Indian Policy. Edgar Allan Poe's first published work, *Tamerlane, and Other Poems*, received its first national notice in the October 1827 number, Sidney Fisher published his influential review of *Uncle Tom's Cabin* in 1853, and Edward Hale published his famous early review of Whitman's *Leaves of Grass* in January 1856. During the Civil War Lowell became editor and published influential articles on Lincoln and Seward. After the war he contributed the many important lectures on literature that made him famous. Important works from the 20th Century include *The Ambassadors* by Henry James serialized in twelve monthly issues in 1903, "A Paper on Free Verse" by Robert Bridges from 1922, and five short stores by John Steinbeck, two of which: "The Red Pony" (a.k.a. "The Gift") and "The Great Mountains," were later published as the first two chapters of *The Red Pony*.An ex-library set with ink stamps or bookplates on most front pastedowns, a small embossed stamp or occasional ink stamp on most title pages, and an occasional ink number stamp on some bottom page margins. The 13 volumes in contemporary half calf are scuffed and worn, thus good only, about ten volumes have a few loose or detached leaves, and one short story by Thomas Hardy was neatly removed from the October 1903 issue, else overall a very good set. A scarce large assemblage of first appearances of major American literary works and articles. A list of notable selections is available. Bookseller Inventory # 379011

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Item Description: New York The Knickerbocker Press for G. P. Putnam's Sons 1902, 1902. 10 volumes. The Paumanok Edition, one of only 300 numbered sets printed on Ruisdael handmade paper. With illustrations in gravure and aquatint on japon vellum in each volume, colour frontispiece of Whitman to Volume I, tissue guards intact as issued. Large, thick 8vo, beautifully presented in fine period bindings of three-quarter crushed honey morocco over subtle marbled boards, the turnovers gilt ruled at the borders, the spine with art nouveau decorations incorporating raised bands gilt decorated and gilt ruled, the largest compartment with fine gilt and black tooled art nouveau intertwining decorations, one compartment lettered in gilt, t.e.g., others uncut. xcvi, 294; xiii, 323; vii, 297; xi, 324; vii, 301; v,318; v, 281, v, 300; xviii, 230; v, 309 pp. A very handsome, fine and bright, attractive and especially well preserved set. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL SET, on fine paper with Gothic titles, illustrated title pages and finely engraved portraits of the author, the people in his life and other important personages of the age. There is a fine introduction to LEAVES OF GRASS and the set also includes an important biography of the poet by Bucke, Harned, and Traubel. There are here presented, the greatest poem of America in its most complete format, and volumes of the wonderful prose writings of Whitman including the inclusion of SPECIMEN DAYS and other significant works. 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 this comprehensive set from one of the greatest of American poets. Bookseller Inventory # 24142

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Whitman, Walt

Published by David McKay, Philadelphia (1891)

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Item Description: David McKay, Philadelphia, 1891. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall. Green paper-covered boards with titles in gilt on upper board and spine, top edges gilt, others deckle, publisher's original printed dust wrapper; engraved portrait. Corners bumped and rubbed, a little fading at the lower board edge, faint tide mark at the spine bottom, internally with a few marginal pencil marks, else fine, bright and sharp; the jacket with a corresponding tide mark at the spine bottom, a couple of tiny chips out at the spine head, rubbing to the spine, and a minor stain on the rear panel, but overall lovely and bright; Undated, last copyright listed as 1891 (the "Deathbed Edition") , but personally confirmed by Myerson to be an undated printing issued in 1896 with an unrecorded original publisher's dust jacket, perhaps the earliest known dust jacket for LEAVES OF GRASS. (Myerson's earliest notation of a known dust-jacket for this title is the 1900 edition - see Myerson C8-1B and also Tanselle 96.83.) A lovely copy of the definitive edition in an unrecorded jacket; 438 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 27004

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Published by New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1902. (1902)

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Item Description: New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1902., 1902. The Paumanok Edition in the Publisher’s Three-Quarter Morocco BindingWHITMAN, Walt. The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman. Issued under the editorial supervision of his Literary Executors, Richard Maurice Bucke, Thomas B. Harned, and Horace L. Traubel. With additional bibliographical and critical material prepared by Oscar Lovell Triggs, Ph.D. New York, The Knickerbocker Press: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1902.The Paumanok Edition. Limited to 300 numbered sets printed on Ruisdael hand-made paper (of which this is #92), signed by the publisher. Ten large octavo volumes (9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches; 236 x 166 mm). Etched and photogravure frontispieces and plates, with descriptive tissue guards. Publisher’s three-quarter dark green morocco over marbled boards ruled in gilt. Spines lettered and decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments in a floral design, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. A fine set.Walt Whitman (1819-1892), "American journalist, essayist, and poet whose style of writing in such works as Leaves of Grass (first edition, 1855) revolutionized American literature. Such poems as ‘I Sing the Body Electric’ and ‘Song of Myself’ asserted the beauty of the human body, physical health, and sexuality in 1856 the second edition of Leaves of Grass appeared. This collection contained revisions of the poems of the first edition and several new ones All his later volumes of new poems were to be incorporated into successive editions When his brother was wounded at Fredericksburg, Whitman went there in 1862 to care for him. For the rest of the Civil War he spent much time caring for both Union and Confederate soldiers. In May 1865 Drum-Taps showed Whitman’s readers a new kind of poetry, ranging from his early oratorical excitement to his later awareness of the horrors of the war. The Sequel to Drum-Taps, published in the autumn of 1865, contained his great elegy on Lincoln, ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d’" (Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature).Myerson B4. Bookseller Inventory # 00912

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Whitman, Walt

Published by Camden, NJ: s.n. (1876)

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Item Description: Camden, NJ: s.n., 1876. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Author's edition. Signed by Whitman on the title page. Publisher's light tan leather and green marbled boards, tan title label lettered in gilt, decorative lattice pattern to the spine in blind, ruled in blind, yellow coated endpapers. A bright and unsophisticated copy, with some light rubbing to the extremities, minor toning to the spine, a few small chips to the spine head, some light soiling to the leather, otherwise clean boards, a hint of residue to the endpapers, some light spotting to the endpapers, minor scratch to the top edge, otherwise fresh and clean pages, sturdy spine. Overall, an about near fine and pleasing copy without any repairs or restoration. Scarce in such fine condition. BAL 21412. 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 author's edition contains 195 poems, including "Salut au Monde," "I Sing the Body Electric," "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," "One's-Self I Sing," "Unfolded Out of the Folds," and "Bathed in War's Perfume," among others. Inspired by his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalist movement, Whitman's poetry lauds the human body, the material world, and the American spirit. Notably, although criticized for its exultation of sensual pleasure and overt discussion of sexuality, Leaves of Grass was highly praised by Emerson and remains widely considered one of the cornerstones of 19th century American poetry. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # WWM008

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Complete Poems & Prose.: WHITMAN, Walt.

WHITMAN, Walt.

Published by Philadelphia: Ferguson Bros. & Co., Printers, [1888] (1888)

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Item Description: Philadelphia: Ferguson Bros. & Co., Printers, [1888], 1888. Large octavo. Original dark green half sand-grain cloth, paper spine label, marbled sides. Housed in a green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Bookplate of "The Spencers" on front free endpaper. Binding a little rubbed at extremities, a few chips to paper spine label, front inner hinge a little split (with partial exposure of webbing). Also loosely inserted is a letterpress puff addressed to Whitman by the prominent Canadian psychiatrist Richard Maurice Bucke. An unusually nice copy of a rather fragile book, commonly found in less than attractive condition. Pictorial title page with portrait of Whitman in profile, 3 other portraits (all as called for). First collected edition of Whitman's poetry and prose, number 42 of an edition of 600 copies, signed by Whitman on the Leaves of Grass title page. Whitman personally oversaw a number of editions of his books and this is a typically handsome production, gathering together Leaves of Grass (seventh edition, thirteenth printing), Specimen Days and Collect, and the first appearance of November Boughs. This copy is in Myerson's A binding, most probably the earliest style of three; "[Whitman] ordered 150 copies bound in this style". This particular copy has a rather special connection with the poet as there is a record of his having personally posted it to the recipient, the memorably named R. F. Wormwood (inscribed by him on the front free endpaper and preliminary blank). Wormwood was editor of the Biddeford (Maine) Journal and Whitman sat down to write to him on the evening on 19 November 1889: "Yours with $5 recd. with order - thanks - I send you the Complete Works, big Vol, (with the little poemet you requested) by Express - If not delivered to you, please send or inquire at the Express office in y'r place. Please kindly send me word without fail (a P O card will do) soon as you get the book right. The price is $6 (not 4.40) - Walt Whitman" (reprinted in Whitman's Correspondence Volume IV: 1886-1889, NYUP 1969). There is a light marginal pencilling against stanza 9 of Song of the Exposition (pp. 164-65), in Leaves of Grass. Whitman also mentions the occasion in his Day Book on the same date: "sent big book by Express to R. F. Wormwood, Freyburg, Maine. dark rainy day - feeling tolerable" (reprinted in Daybooks and Notebooks Volume II: Daybooks, December 1881-1891, NYUP 1978). It is unusual to be able to make such a special and intimate connection between an author and a particular copy of a book. Myerson A2.7. m. Bookseller Inventory # 106103

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Leaves of Grass, with Sands at Seventy: WHITMAN, Walt.

WHITMAN, Walt.

Published by 1889, Philadelphia (1889)

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Item Description: 1889, Philadelphia, 1889. hardcover. Book Condition: very good(+). One of 300 copies, signed by Whitman. The 70th birthday edition." a special, complete, final utterance, in one handy volume.more a PERSON than a book.I here with pen and ink append my name." Beneath Whitman's signature are the autographs of JOHN BURROUGHS and EDGAR LEE MASTERS. Mounted photographic portrait and 5 other portraits. 404 & 18pp. 12mo, flexible leather; binding professionally re-backed; corners worn; small old rubberstamp. a.e.g. N.p. (Philadelphia, 1889). Bookseller Inventory # 156186

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Whitman, Walt.

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Item Description: Author's Edition., Camden., 1882. Book Condition: Very Good. A very good copy in a nice binding, bookplate on front pastedown. 8vo. 382 pp. Later green cloth, green morocco spine label, gilt title, sewn headbands. 7th edition. A limited edition of possibly 100 copies all signed by the author. Bookseller Inventory # 183799

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NOVEMBER BOUGHS.: Whitman, Walt.

Whitman, Walt.

Published by David McKay,, Philadelphia: (1888)

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Item Description: David McKay,, Philadelphia:, 1888. Book Condition: Very Good. First edition. A collection of poetry and prose. INSCRIBED BY WHITMAN, "Miss Lizzie Harbinson / from the author / with best respects / Oct: 8 1888." In Myerson's Presentation Binding A of deep red smooth cloth over flexible boards (note indicates less than 100 copies). Red spine faded to pink, and covers show faint staining, still quite nice. Rare inscribed. Also includes a mounted photograph of Whitman on a photocard from Potter & Co. Studio in Philadelphia, an 1882 image which, according to the Whitman Archive, Whitman once described as having "a shipmastery, country-storekeepers sort of swagger." Previously pasted in an album, with paper remnants to edges, otherwise very good with just a slight overall darkening and a touch of spotting. Together with a 4.5 x 3" scallop-edged card bearing Whitman's bold signature and date: "Walt Whitman / Oct: 1887." The card which is mounted to a loose sheet of paper, is slightly darkened with a touch of faint spotting, otherwise very good. Bookseller Inventory # 47939

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WHITMAN, WALT

Published by N.p. [Privately Published?] Printed By Ferguson Bros. Philadelphia, [Camden, New Jersey] (1889)

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Item Description: N.p. [Privately Published?] Printed By Ferguson Bros. Philadelphia, [Camden, New Jersey], 1889. Autographed, Special Edition. One of only 300 copies printed to celebrate "finishing my 70th year", and boldly signed by Whitman under the blurb on the title-page. There is also an ink inscription on the front blank "Dr. L.D. Morse / from his friend / R.M. Bucke / London, Ont. / 12 April 1899". Richard Maurice Bucke (1837-1902) was a prominent Canadian psychiatrist who became one of Whitman's most devoted friends and Whitman's first biographer. However he is better known for his magnum opus "Cosmic Consciousness" in which he describes his own experiences and those of contemporaries (primarily Whitman). He was also one of Whitman's literary executors. Pp. 404 +18. With mounted albumen photo of Whitman as frontispiece and 5 other portraits of the author throughout. Original gilt-lettered limp black morocco, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Light foxing to two plates, nicks to the upper cover tips, otherwise a very good plus copy. Housed in a fine custom clamshell case of black cloth with a gilt-stamped black calf spine, faux raised bands, and two gilt-stamped maroon leather spine labels. Very handsome copy with a wonderful association. Size: 12 Mo. Signed and Inscribed. Bookseller Inventory # 23405

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The Writings: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York (1902)

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Item Description: G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1902. Full leather. Book Condition: Fine. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1902. Full leather. Ten volumes. Thick octavo. The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman. Including a biography of Whitman by his literary executors Richard Maurice Bucke, Thomas B. Harned, Horace L.Traubel and Oscar Lovell Triggs. The Collector's Camden Edition is limited to three hundred numbred set which this is number 150, portrait illustrations frontispiece with title tissue guard, red and green decorative title pages. Bound handsomely in full red morocco, front board gilt signature of Walt Whitman, spine gilt decoration floral motif between raised banding, gilt title, all edges gilt, marbled endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 619

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Item Description: 1885. WHITMAN, Walt. Autograph postcard signed. Camden, 1885. Autograph postcard measures 3 by 5 inches. $8000.Original autograph postcard confirming the purchase of Leaves of Grass, written and signed by Walt Whitman. Finely window-framed with a portrait of Whitman.The postcard, written entirely in Whitman's hand, is addressed to "John K. Randall, Mercantile Library, Baltimore Md."ť and reads: "328 Mickle Street, Camden New Jersey. Aug. Sept. 6. I send the two Vols, Centennial Ed'n, as requested, Price #10-Please remit by post office order-Will send a parcel of minor stuff in a few days. Walt Whitman."ť The postcard refers to the Centennial Edition of Leaves of Grass, which was the first edition in which Whitman placed his political poems in a first volume and his spiritual poems and prose in a second volume. Although he was "one of the greatest American poets and the central one in terms of influence on 20th-century American poetry,"ť Whitman did not attain true worldwide recognition until this edition, when his European editor William Michael Rossetti encouraged a number of famous literary personalities including John Ruskin, Edmund Gosse, George Saintsbury, Alfred Tennyson, and Edward Dowden to become subscribers (ANB). The British support was enough to prompt purchasing of Whitman's works by American intellectuals and institutions such as the mercantile Library, to which this postcard is addressed. Postcard engraved with vignette illustration reading "Post Card"ť and one-cent stamp. Postal stamps dated "Sept 1885"ť and very faint purple stamp of the Mercantile Library.A splendid autograph postcard in fine condition, boldly written and signed. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 51823

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Item Description: 1889. One of 300 copies of the 70th birthday edition of "Leaves of Grass," signed by Walt Whitman on the title-page. In the publisher's full morocco binding over flexible boards with marbled endpapers [Myerson's Binding C]. All edges gilt. Complete with an original frontispiece photograph of Whitman and five other portraits inserted in the text. There's a faint crease to the front board, extending through to the first few pages of text, including the frontispiece portrait. The unlettered spine is faded to brown, with some minor rubbing and a few scattered flecks of wear. There is an early owner ink signature (that of Ernst Grosse), dated Freiburg(?)1890, on one preliminary blank, and the same person's unobtrusive blindstamp (Dr. E. Grosse) on another. There is a little bleeding to Whitman's signature. An exceptionally well preserved copy of a rare, important, and notoriously fragile item. Ernst Grosse (1862-1927) was an eminent German Author, Art Historian, and Sinologist. Myerson A 2.7.n. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 000067

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Leaves of Grass.: WHITMAN, Walt.

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Published by Camden, New Jersey, 1876 (1876)

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Item Description: Camden, New Jersey, 1876, 1876. Octavo. Contemporary white half calf, rebacked to style with red morocco label added, marbled boards, yellow endpapers. Some rubbing to corners, internally very clean, a very good copy. Author's Edition, Inscribed by the author to Robert Spence Watson on the front free endpaper. Robert Spence Watson (1837–1911) was a Gateshead-born Quaker, an ardent traveller and mountaineer, a lifelong adherent of the Liberal Party, founder of the college that was to become the University of Newcastle, president of the Society of Friends of Russian Freedom, and a pioneer in the settlement of trade disputes by arbitration. He published ten books, including some poetry. It is unlikely that he actually met Whitman in the flesh, although he also owned the companion volume, Two Rivulets, inscribed to him by Whitman the same year. Bookseller Inventory # 35398

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Item Description: 1885. WHITMAN, Walt. Autograph postcard signed. Camden, August 24, 1886. Autograph postcard, measuring 3 by 5 inches. $7800.Original Walt Whitman autograph postcard signed, thanking the editor of The Critic for payment on his submission of "A Thought on Shakspeare."The postcard, written entirely in Whitman's hand, is addressed to "Joseph B. Gilder, Critic office, 20 Astor Place, New York City" and reads: "328 Mickle Street, Camden, New Jersey. Aug 24. Thanks for the $10, which came last Sunday as pay for the "Thought"-Thanks for the slips & for the copies of the paper-came this morning. Walt Whitman." Joseph Gilder was the editor of The Critic, which published Whitman's "A Thought on Shakspeare" in its August 14, 1886 issue. Postcard engraved with vignette illustration reading "United States Post Card" and one-cent stamp. Postal stamps dated "8-24-86."About-fine condition, boldly written and signed. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 54913

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Manuscript letter and portrait: Whitman, Walt

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Item Description: 1890. One-page letter, handwritten and signed in full by Walt Whitman. Dated April 25, 1890 from Camden, New Jersey, Whitman writes to his publisher David McKay with details on the publication of his upcoming Complete Poems and Prose. The letter reads: "Yes will sell the London proposer 100 sets of the entire sheets with autograph, plates and back labels for the complete big book & throw in one of my bound copies (making 101 altogether) for $320 - I to receive that sum in full - you to make a fair bonus addition for your trouble. Very respectfully." The letter was folded in thirds and has a few splits at fold lines, not affecting any text; else fine. Matted and framed with a reproduction of the 1889 oil-on-canvas portrait of Whitman by John Alexander White. (Frame measures 24 1/2 by 14 3/4 inches). (Myerson A 2.7m). Bookseller Inventory # 25984

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SPECIMEN DAYS & COLLECT.: Whitman Walt

Whitman Walt

Published by Philadelphia Rees Welch & Co. 1882-1883. (1883)

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Item Description: Philadelphia Rees Welch & Co. 1882-1883., 1883. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 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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FRIEDLANDER, LEE). Friedlander, Lee & Leslie George Katz. With a brief text by Walt Whitman

Published by Eakins Press Foundation, New York (1976)

ISBN 10: 0871300451 ISBN 13: 9780871300454

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Item Description: Eakins Press Foundation, New York, 1976. Cloth with Leather Spine. Book Condition: As New. First Edition 1/150 Deluxe. Oblong Folio. np (78pp), 213 b&w gravure illustrations. "The American Monument" is Lee Friedlander's groundbreaking portfolio of striking images of statues and memorials taken across the United States during the early seventies. Uniquely bound in baby blue cloth-over-boards with sumptuous printing by The Meriden Gravure Company from half-tone negatives made by Richard Benson, it certainly ranks among the great American photography books of the Twentieth Century. A brand new, pristine example of the exceedingly uncommon "Special Edition" of this impressive tome (cited on pages 310-311 of The Hasselblad Center's "The Open Book", page 28 of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's "The Photobook: A History Volume II", page 35 of "From Fair to Fine", and pages 236-237 of "The Book of 101 Books") limited to one hundred and fifty copies bound in red cloth with a gilt-embossed leather spine NUMBERED (60/150) in ink on the rear colophon accompanied by an 11 x 14" silver gelatin print of an image that is not reproduced in the book NUMBERED (60/150) AND SIGNED "Lee Friedlander" in ink on the recto that has been laid into in an archival display mat affixed to the inside of the rear board, as issued. These are housed in the publisher's vintage unprinted blue cardboard presentation box. A Fine condition example of Lee Friedlander's "Fourteen American Monuments" catalogue published by the Eakins Press Foundation has been additionally laid in. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its weight and value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. With an Original Signed and Numbered Photograph. Photography Monograph. Bookseller Inventory # 022825

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Gide, André. [Walt Whitman]

Published by Gide, n.p. n.d. [July 9th, c 1914 -1918] (1918)

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Item Description: Gide, n.p. n.d. [July 9th, c 1914 -1918], 1918. Framed & Glazed. Original Autographed Letters. 1947 Nobel Prize in literature. Gide's career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars. Als, Cuverville, n.d. [July 9th, c 1914 -1918]. With an original 7"x 9" signed photo portrait by Reiss, Berlin. A particularly important Document & Original Photo Display, double glazed [recto/verso] & framed to an overall size of 21" x 24" [8" 1/2 x 6" 1/4] [8" 1/2 x 6" 1/4] [1" 3/4 x 13"] in a handsome mottled brown antique finish & decorated wood frame, triple matted, gilt filets in three windows. A fabulous letter about Kipling, Whitman, the NRF & the delicacies of translating "Leaves of Grass"; the unnamed recipient, possibly, Léon Bazalgette, [1873-1929] soon to become the noted French biographer & translator of both Whitman & Thoreau & who did title & publish Leaves of Grass, as: "Feuilles d'herbes"; this als, the possible genesis of the title's translation. The first issue of the Nouvelle Revue Française, [NRF], appeared in February 1909 but ceased publication in 1914. In 1919, under the leadership of Gide's good friend, Jacques Rivière, [1886-1925], [champion of: Proust & Joyce], the NRF began again, & featured the works of major Anglo & American writers including Conrad who Gide translated [Typhoon] & Whitman in whom Gide recognized extraordinary genius. Kipling's poem "France" was originally published in 1913. Eng. Trans: "Dear Friend, / Yesterday, in Paris, where I was spending two days, I gave your address to Jacques Rivière; you will probably receive a letter from him about Kipling's poem on France of which the French newspapers recently published a translation. / You will have certainly found, as I did, this ode of great beauty. The NRF intends to quote it in its next issue and we had thought that perhaps it would need to be retranslated and therefore, quite naturally, we thought of you. If you think there are authorizations to ask for, rights, etc. we would only have to give an abridged version. You would then only choose the best parts since I think one always has the right to give a quote. Rivière would get you the text in case you don't have it. / And this of course, if it doesn't bother you! But I don't think so; it is too beautiful and we cannot let it pass unnoticed. / When I came back I found your letter. You know better than I if "Leaves of grass" is the equivalent of "Brins d'herbe" which I would prefer in this case. The question is the following: does one usually say "Leaves of grass" as we would usually say "Brins d'herbe", or is there a research, a new association of words, which, in this case, "feuilles d'herbes" would express better. / Yours truly, André Gide". Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 31823

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