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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: 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," 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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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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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.

Published by Author's Edition., Camden. (1882)

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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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WHITMAN Walt

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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." 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." 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," 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" and one-cent stamp. Postal stamps dated "Sept 1885" 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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Leaves of Grass.: WHITMAN, Walt.

WHITMAN, Walt.

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 (18371911) 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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WHITMAN Walt

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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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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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Two Rivulets Including Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs,: WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892)

WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892)

Published by Author's Edition, Camden, New Jersey (1876)

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Item Description: Author's Edition, Camden, New Jersey, 1876. Half-Calf. Book Condition: Fine. First Edition. First Issue, one of only 100 copies [BAL 21411], sometimes called the Centennial Edition, after the label at foot of the spine. 8vo: 32,[2],84,[2] 18,[2],x,[4],14,[4],68,[2],120pp, with albumen print frontispiece portrait of the poet autographed by Whitman tipped-in with printed two-line caption (in later states, the caption was extended to a third line) and inserted final leaf advertising Whitman's books. Original tan leather spine and corners (Meyerson's binding B, no known priority), spine compartments heavily tooled in gilt, three black and one red leather lettering pieces gilt, orange S cloth sides, all edges gilt, torquoise-coated endpapers embossed with all-over leaf pattern, cobalt-blue ribbon marker (and dried, pressed flower) laid in. First line of second paragraph on p. 60 changed in Whitman's hand (as in most first-issue copies) to read: 'Long, long ere the Second Centennial . . . ' A superior copy, virtually spotless, in a strong, fresh binding. BAL 21411. Meyerson A9.I.a. Wells and Goldsmith, pp. 21-22. "In a continuing effort to cash in on the nation's centennial celebration, Whitman decided in 1875 'to bring out a volume . . . partly as my contribution to our National Centennial.' The book would be called Two Rivulets; as Whitman explained the title, 'two flowing chains of prose and verse, emanating the real and ideal.' Whitman's continuing obsession with dualities now carries over into the tensions between prose (the language of the 'real') and poetry (the language of the 'ideal'). . . . Two Rivulets contains Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs, As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free, Memoranda During the War and Passage to India, each with its own title page and pagination, since [Whitman] was in some cases using already printed unbound pages from the various independently published books. Whitman limited this Centennial Edition to 100 copies, printed in Camden (his first book to be printed in his new city) and bound by James Arnold in Philadelphia in two different bindings (black leather with marbled paper sides, and brown leather with orange cloth). The volume contains a copy of a Pearsall photograph of Whitman pasted onto a sheet of paper and inserted just before the title page indicating: "Photo'd from Life, Sept., '72, Brooklyn, N.Y.," with each copy signed "Walt Whitman / born May 31 /1819.' . . . The book is a striking example of Whitman's innovation in design. . . . Whitman had the first 100 copies bound to match his first printing of the 1876 Leaves, so that the two books could be sold as a Centennial set . . . (Folsom, Whitman Making Books/Books Making Whitman). G. F. E. Pearsall's photograph has become one of the classic images of the poet. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1123

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Glaister, Donald. Rumi and Walt Whitman

Published by Foolsgold Studio, Vashon, WA (2016)

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Item Description: Foolsgold Studio, Vashon, WA, 2016. Artist's book, one of 10 copies, from a total edition of 12 for sale, 10 regular, 2 deluxe (Sold Out), pages on polyester film and various metals and binders board, each copy signed by the artist, Donald Glaister, on the colophon. Page size 14 x 12 inches; 32pp. Bound by the artist: textured and painted paper over boards, hand-sewn with each page on tabs to allow complete opening of each page spread, black morocco spine, with sanded aluminum insets on front and back panels; title indicated by three parallel cut-outs in the aluminum inset on front panel suggesting a counting system, housed in custom-made black cloth clamshell box. The text is letterpress printed in Filosofia in various point sizes, on aluminum and polyester sheets done from photopolymer plates by Jessica Spring at Springtide Press. The drawn images are silkscreen printed on aluminum and individually painted by the artist, Donald Glaister, who designed and produced the edition, assisted by Gabby Cooksey. The texts are Zahra Partovi's thoughtful, elegant translation of VERSES (1986) by Jalaluddin Mohammad Rumi, a 12th century Persian mystic poet, published by Vincent FitzGerald and Company and the verse of Walt Whitman from the 1855 edition of LEAVES OF GRASS, starting, "I celebrate myself." The colophon / artist's statement tells us that this book is dedicated to the memory of Don Moore, Senior Engineer on the Voyager Spacecraft Project, the late brother of Donald Glaister's wife, artist Suzanne Moore. Aside from the family ties, the two Don's were close friends.The artist, Donald Glaister, writes, " 3 IN SEARCH OF THE UNIVERSE is a celebration of the search for what is beyond: beyond what we see, what we think we see, and what we know we don't see. Rumi, Whitman, and the Voyager project all were instruments of this 'grand quest.' The writers wondered at the immensity and the universality of being. The scientist gave Voyager the physical form to that wonder. It fuels our wonder still."The book begins with couplets from Rumi, letterpress printed on textured aluminum with painted accents. The effect is ethereal and timeless, as are the couplets themselves. After the Rumi pages begins a sequence of amorphous, darkly painted, textured pages with angular cut-outs that reveal hard-edged industrial forms of plastics and metals beneath. From the fold of each of these page spreads emerges a translucent page of poetry, excerpted from Walt Whitman's LEAVES OF GRASS. These seemingly incongruous elements make perfect sense given the theme of the book in general and the theme of Whitman's poetry in particular.Interspersed are the cut-out / Whitman page spreads and images reminiscent of engineering drawings painted on brushed aluminum. The aluminum paintings increase in complexity as one moves through the book. These paintings reflect the indefinite process of human creativity: the hard work as well as the flashes of inspiration that allow parts of an idea to appear fully formed in the searcher's mind. They are the visual ecstasy of "the quest." The aluminum paintings are visually oriented to the Voyager part of the trilogy but are equally applicable to the Rumi and Whitman facets as well. Man has, from the very beginning, dared to search not only his immediate environs but the immensity of all he can imagine. It is in that exploration that human beings discover themselves, as is so poignantly detailed by Rumi and Whitman. Donald Glaister's art brings us, breathtaking page by breathtaking page, to the edges of what we know of the universe, with flashes of illumination amidst the darkness, and then brings us back to the light in each of us. As well as a beautiful book, perfectly crafted, this is a profoundly moving book. To open the pages is to embark on the journey, experience the exhilaration of discovery, wonder, and joy!. Bookseller Inventory # 11141

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As A Strong Bird On Pinions Free.: Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Published by Walt Whitman, Washington D.C. 1872 (1872)

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Item Description: Walt Whitman, Washington D.C. 1872, 1872. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Near Very Good in green cloth boards with gilt titles on the front board. A firm copy of the First Edition with light rubbing to boards and wear to spine ends. This copy is lightly inscribed in pencil by Whitman to a Mary S.C. Lorenzen on the first endpaper. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ROK042

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Leaves of Grass (Included in this Complete: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by Whitman (1881)

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Item Description: Whitman, 1881. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Limited Edition. SIGNED Limited Edition of 600 copies self published by Walt Whitman. This copy is SIGNED by Walt Whitman on the title page. The book is bound in the publisher's cloth with paper label spine that is worn. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A collectable SIGNED by the author housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16715749114

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WHITMAN Walt

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Item Description: 1876. First Edition. WHITMAN, Walt. Two Rivulets; Including Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs, and Passage to India. Camden, New Jersey, 1876. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter brown calf, original black morocco spine label, marbled boards, yellow coated endpapers. $6000.First and only edition, boldly signed by Whitman in 1880 on the original albumen photograph portrait that serves as a frontispiece. With old bookseller's description, which includes a facsimile of Whitman's 1871 letter proposing a British edition of Leaves of Grass, tipped in at front."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. This is the second printing, one of 650 copies printed; it was preceded by a first printing of only 100 copies. Century Library stamp to bottom margin of title page.Inner hinges reinforced with cloth tape. Only light rubbing to extremities. An extremely good copy, far better than usually found. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 29778

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McCallion, Barry. Walt Whitman

Published by East Hampton, NY (2014)

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Item Description: East Hampton, NY, 2014. Unique artist's book, all on blue Saint-Armand paper, signed and dated by the artist, Barry McCallion on the final page. Page size: 7.5 x 11 inches; title-page plus 50pp. plus colophon. Bound: loose in original blue Saint-Armand paper wrappers housed in blue cloth over boards custom-made cloth clamshell box with collaged labels on front and spine taken from the titlepage and colophon of book. Each verso is hand-numbered by the artist on the blue Saint-Armand paper, with the text (from the Modern Library edition) typed by the artist in 14pt. Times New Roman copied onto yellow paper and collaged to the top border Richard de Bas cream wove sheets (5.5 x 7.5 inches) that are themselves collaged to the blue Saint-Armand. Below the text is an original abstract painting in various colored India inks onto which another collage of painted black paper, with wave-shaped top, forms the bottom edge. The verso of each page is on black mould-made Italian Revere paper, with the text printed in yellow on black smooth paper in "drop-out mirror-writing" collaged to the top of the black Revere paper page, the drawing below in white Koh-I-Noor White ink, with ink painted "wave" of black paper collaged to bottom of black sheet. From the "Sea-Drift" section of Whitman's LEAVES OF GRASS, "As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life" this well-known American poem was first published in "The Atlantic Monthly" in April, 1860 as "Bardic Symbols" and included in the 1860 edition of LEAVES OF GRASS. Critics have referred to this verse as a statement of Whitman's intellectual despair in which he questions the effectiveness of his writing. He writes of nature and decay by describing what the ocean brings in and out with the tides. With the energetic and colorful abstract images by Barry McCallion, one does not see dying and death - rather, the reader / viewer is caught in the constant push and pull of nature, re-birth and death, all with the images of the waning and waxing tides. The reader / viewer contemplates the mirror writing in white ink on the versos and has the sense of coming and going as it contrasts with the bright images on the rectos. The conclusion that they are each half of a whole is manifest. A wonderful visual interpretation of this great text. Bookseller Inventory # 10875

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LITERATURE] Walt Whitman

Published by [n.p.], Camden, NJ (1876)

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Item Description: [n.p.], Camden, NJ, 1876. Book Condition: Very Good binding. Signed. The Author's Edition, signed by Whitman on the title page. A rebacked copy, with quite a pleasant and sympathetic spine in pale calf, over the publishers green marbled boards. By anyone's reckoning, a cornerstone of 19th century poetry, this mid-career iteration of his great work contains 195 poems, many more than in its first publication. With with the Samuel Hollyer engraving of Whitman printed on verso facing p. 29; the leaf of coated paper with the Linton engraving of Potter's photograph of Whitman printed on the verso facing page 285; advertisement leaf is present. BAL 2412; Myerson A 2.5.c2. (BAL 2412; Myerson A 2.5.c2). Very Good binding. Bookseller Inventory # 276531

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Leaves of Grass ? Author's Edition, With: Whitman, Walt]

Whitman, Walt]

Published by Camden, New Jersey (1876)

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Item Description: Camden, New Jersey, 1876. One of 600 copies printed. One of 600 copies printed. With two inserted portrait plates. vi, [7]-384 pp. Advertisement leaf present. 1 vols. 8vo. SIGNED by Whitman. This is a corrected reprint of the 'Centennial Ediition' printed in 100 copies earlier in the year, with poem titles and other insertions now printed in the text. "Whitman's autograph signature appears on the title-page of most copies. ? Printed from slightly altered plates of Leaves of Grass, 1872." - BALSigned copy of the great mid-career iteration of Whitman's verse. BAL 21412 Later half cloth over boards preserving original marbled paper sides and yellow endsheets, leather spine label. Text toned, title leaf partly split along gutter, small chip to fore-edge margin; second flyleaf loose, short closed tears in last two text leaves. About very good. In brown cloth folding box With two inserted portrait plates. vi, [7]-384 pp. Advertisement leaf present. 1 vols. 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 260545

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McCallion, Barry. Walt Whitman

Published by East Hampton, NY (2015)

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Item Description: East Hampton, NY, 2015. Unique artist's book, all on Richard de Bas paper, signed and dated by the artist on the colophon page. Page size: 10 x 6-7/8 inches; 56pp; including titlepage and colophon. Bound: loose in tan wrappers laid into tan paper over boards book block with gold paper spine, boards lined with hand-made black and white decorated papers; housed in custom-made tan cloth over boards clamshell box by Joelle Leavitt Webber of Mermaid Bindery with photocopied negative image of Whitman and title "As I Ebb'd" on the spine. The artist, Barry McCallion, writes in his colophon that he has combined lines from Whitman's poem with portrait photographs of the author, taken throughout his life, adding "Photograph by photograph, year upon year, the poet is captured, ebbing as we all ebb." Some of the Whitman images are behind a woven paper tapestry, eyes with focused gaze through the woven paper (behind bars or just hidden?). Other images make up the tapestry. The artist has manipulated the black and white images and silhouettes, interspersing them with the text appearing on brightly colored papers - yellow, red, aqua. The result is a book of diverse page spreads, each intriguingly beautiful, and reflective of Whitman's lines, "Paumanok there and then as I thought the old thought of likenesses?". Bookseller Inventory # 11075

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Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by Walt Whitman, Camden N J, (1888)

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Item Description: Walt Whitman, Camden N J, 1888. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Limited Edition. Limited Edition of 600 copies SIGNED by Walt Whitman. This is number 658 handwritten on the limitation page. This Authenticated & Personal Book (Handled by W.W). is in very good shape with some wear to the spine and panels. The pages are clean with light wear. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a very good copy SIGNED by the author on the title page under nine lines from the Leaves of Grass. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-16715745123

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Good-Bye My Fancy: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by David McKay, Publisher, Philadelphia (1891)

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Item Description: David McKay, Publisher, Philadelphia, 1891. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with inserted frontispiece portrait. This copy is SIGNED by Walt Whitman on a hand written postcard laid into the book "Thanks dear friend for/the sweet-faced & fragrant/pinks now before me-/I have been & am ill/but may yet rally-/Walt Whitman" The book is in nice shape bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy SIGNED by the author. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-19244847119

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WHITMAN Walt JOHNSON Thomas

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Item Description: 1877. WHITMAN, Walt. Autograph postcard, initialed by Whitman. Camden, October 2, 1877. Original postcard measures 5 by 3 inches); handsomely window framed with portrait, entire piece measures 18 by 12-1/2 inches. $4500.Original autograph postcard to fellow poet Edward Carpenter: "Camden, New Jersey, US America. Oct 2 [1877]"" I merely write to say at once that your letter & the postal or[der] have both been safely rec'd."" The books (to the address given) will be sent immediately."" I am well for me"" H[erbert] G[ilchrist] is at John B[urroughs]'s on the Hudson"" Mrs. G[ilchrist] is ill in bed"" Harry [Stafford] is well"" Will write more fully soon. Thanks & love, WW." Framed together with a portrait of Whitman.On October 2, 1877, Whitman wrote this postcard to his friend British poet Edward Carpenter, whose best-known poem "Towards Democracy" clearly shows Whitman's influence, informing him of a shipment of books, probably copies of the second printing of Two Rivulets. Two Rivulets had first appeared a year earlier, "partly as my contribution to our National Centennial," and was reissued in September of 1876. Whitman's reference to Herbert Gilchrist's visit with John Burroughs took place at "Slabsides," Burroughs' "hermit's retreat" on the banks of the Hudson. Herbert's mother, Anne Gilchrist was one of Whitman's greatest admirers. Her appreciative article on Leaves of Grass was praised by William Rossetti as "the fullest, farthest, and most eloquent," and Whitman thought there was "no eulogium so magnificent." In December of 1877 she wrote a friend that she was still recovering from "a somewhat severe operation (under ether) to cure an injury received at the birth of one of my children" (Kaplan, 366). Harry Stafford was Whitman's "young man," whom he had met "at the Camden print shop, where Whitman saw Two Rivulets through the press" (Kaplan,359). Postcard lightly embrowned, expert repair to vertical tear. Very desirable Whitman item with revealing content. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 77309

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Good-Bye My Fancy: 2nd Annex to Leaves: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by David McKay, Philadelphia (1891)

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Item Description: David McKay, Philadelphia, 1891. Gilt Embossed Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Frontispeice Photograph (illustrator). First Edition/First State. Signed by Walt Whitman below frontispiece photograph. Previous owner's bookplate on ffep and inked name and date on 2nd ffep, slight character soiling to fep and ffep, else textblock immaculate and tight. Light shelf wear to the original binding, light fraying to corners, edges, and head and foot of spine, bumped corners, else binding very clean and tight. This is Whitman's last book prior to his death in 1892. 66p; Myerson a13; BAL 21440. Size: 8vo - Over 7 3/4" -9 3/4 " Tall. Signed By Author. Hard Cover. Bookseller Inventory # IB198

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