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Gewirtz, Isaac

Published by New York Public Library, New York (2005)

ISBN 10: 0871044560 ISBN 13: 9780871044563

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About this Item: New York Public Library, New York, 2005. Paperback. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Softcover in glossy pictorial wraps. First printing of first edition. INSCRIBED by author on title page. Book is As New, crisp, clean, and unread. Illustrated with facsimiles of manuscript pages. 8vo. 52 pp. Seller Inventory # 91533

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Kaplan, Justin

Published by Simon and Schuster, New York (1980)

ISBN 10: 0671225421 ISBN 13: 9780671225421

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About this Item: Simon and Schuster, New York, 1980. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: good. First Printing [Stated]. 432 pages. Illustrations. Notes. Index. Signed by author on title page. Front hinge cracked at Frontis/title page and repaired with glue. DJ has wear, soiling, edge tears and chips. Some edge soiling. Justin Daniel "Joe" Kaplan (September 5, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City - March 2, 2014 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) was an American writer and editor. The general editor of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (16th and 17th eds.), he was best known as a biographer, particularly of Samuel Clemens, Lincoln Steffens, and Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman: A Life (1980), won a National Book Award. Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 - March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. Born in Huntington on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and-in addition to publishing his poetry-was a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War. Early in his career, he also produced a temperance novel, Franklin Evans (1842). Whitman's major work, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 with his own money. The work was an attempt at reaching out to the common person with an American epic. He continued expanding and revising it until his death in 1892. After a stroke towards the end of his life, he moved to Camden, New Jersey, where his health further declined. When he died at age 72, his funeral became a public spectacle. Walt Whitman has been claimed as America's first "poet of democracy", a title meant to reflect his ability to write in a singularly American character. A British friend of Walt Whitman, Mary Smith Whitall Costelloe, wrote: "You cannot really understand America without Walt Whitman, without Leaves of Grass. He has expressed that civilization, 'up to date,' as he would say, and no student of the philosophy of history can do without him." Modernist poet Ezra Pound called Whitman "America's poet. He is America." Andrew Carnegie called him "the great poet of America so far". Whitman considered himself a messiah-like figure in poetry. Seller Inventory # 73022

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WHITMAN, Walt.

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About this Item: 1926. WHITMAN, Walt. Two Prefaces by Walt Whitman: The Original Preface to Leaves of Grass, 1855, and A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads, 1888, with an Introductory Note by Christopher Morley. Original cloth, printed paper spine label, non-priceclipped dustjacket. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1926. First edition, Lee-53. Signed by Morley on front free endpaper. Spine panel sunned, else a very good or better copy. Seller Inventory # 63779

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Updike, John

Published by Targ Editions, New York (1980)

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About this Item: Targ Editions, New York, 1980. Hardcover. Condition: Fine+. An attractive first edition/first printing, limited to 350 copies, in unread Very Fine condition, in glassine, lacking the plain wrapper. SIGNED by author John Updike directly on the limitation page; Updike's review of Walt Whitman, often called the greatest American poet for his Leaves of Grass (1855.) Originally given as a talk at the Morgan Library in New York City on October 4, 1977. Eventually reprinted as Whitman's Egotheism First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 20013

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Updike, John

Published by Targ Editions, New York (1980)

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About this Item: Targ Editions, New York, 1980. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. An attractive first edition/first printing, limited to 350 copies. Decorative boards with gilt-stamped olive cloth. In unread Fine condition in alike publisher's plain paper dust-jacket. SIGNED by author John Updike directly on the limitation page; Originally given as a talk at the Morgan library, in New York City on October 4, 1977, eventually reprinted as Whitman's Egotheism. Updike's review of Walt Whitman, often called the greatest American poet for his Leaves of Grass (1855) First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 29563

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Soth, Alec (Photographer) & Schumann, Aaron (Contributor)

Published by London, England: MACK, 2015

ISBN 10: 1910164364 ISBN 13: 9781910164365

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About this Item: London, England: MACK, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: As New. 1st Edition. 1st Printing. Signed. Unpaginated. Published in 2015. Retrospective Exhibition Catalog, presented as an Artist Book. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. The First Clamshell Box Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a clamshell box only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Alec Soth: The Catalog gathers together four of his major books as exquisite, small-size facsimile reproductions. Complemented with an Essay by Aaron Schumann that is spread across large-format Postcards. The materials are all neatly housed together in a hardcover clamshell box. The Postcards: 28 full-size, 8 X 8 inch color and black-and-white postcards printed on one side with the actual images shown in the touring exhibition. These are NOT your typical small-size mailer-postcards. These are beautifully printed on thick, glossy stock paper, and are eminently suitable for framing. The Mini-Facsimile Books: "Sleeping By The Mississippi"; "Niagara"; "Broken Manual"; and "Songbook". Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the touring exhibition, which uses the major bodies of work that Soth has published as books since 2004. Presents Alec Soth's "Gathered Leaves". An inspired re-presentation of Soth's significant achievement thus far. The title evokes Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" (1855), the greatest American epic poem, which has influenced photographers as much as (if not more than) writers and poets. "Soth's meteoric rise to international acclaim began with his first book, 'Sleeping By The Mississippi'. It embodies not only a moment in which a new and original voice emerged with an unusual ability to transpose subtle and highly personal stories of local American life, but also marked a significant early event in the photo-book publishing boom we are currently experiencing. The success of his two subsequent volumes, 'Niagara' (2006) and 'Broken Manual' (2010), combined with the hugely influential exploration of self-publishing under his Little Brown Mushroom imprint, have all reinforced Soth's position as a master of the book form. The recent success of 'Songbook' (2015) has seen his return to mainstream book publishing" (Publisher's blurb). Well, when it comes to putting together a book that holds together perfectly, Alec Soth has few peers, and this beautifully conceived and realized Artist Book is further confirmation of the fact. Still, his work is not just a formalist exercise. It is acutely beautiful because Soth handles otherwise heavy socio-philosophical themes with a light touch, that is to say, as an artist (rather than a philosopher). An absolute "must-have" title for Alec Soth collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker by Alec Soth. It is signed directly on the clamshell box itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Clamshell Box Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The Clamshell Box holds 28 full-size, 8 X 8 inch color and black-and-white postcards that are printed on one side with the actual images shown in the touring exhibition. These are NOT your typical, small-size mailer-postcards. These are beautifully printed on thick, glossy stock paper, and are eminently suitable for framing. A scarce signed copy thus. 4 books, 28 full-size, 8 X 8 inch postcards. Alec Soth's "Sleeping By The Mississippi" was selected as one of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEC SOTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1910164364. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 20175

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Updike, John

Published by Targ Editions, New York (1980)

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About this Item: Targ Editions, New York, 1980. 1/4 Cloth. Condition: Fine+. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine+. An attractive first edition/first printing, limited to 350 copies. Decorative boards with gilt-stamped olive cloth. In unread Very Fine condition in alike publisher's plain paper dust-jacket. SIGNED by author John Updike directly on the limitation page; Updike's review of Walt Whitman, often called the greatest American poet for his Leaves of Grass (1855.) Originally given as a talk at the Morgan Library in New York City on October 4, 1977. Eventually reprinted as Whitman's Egotheism First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 20110

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Whitman, Walt

Published by Thomas Bird Mosher, Portland, Maine (1919)

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About this Item: Thomas Bird Mosher, Portland, Maine, 1919. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good to Near Fine. Facsimile. One of 50 numbered copies on Japan vellum, signed by Thomas Bird Mosher. Nice copy in very good+ to near fine. Has prior owner's gift inscription and bookplater. Large or heavy book and may require extra postage. No AMAZON international order on this title. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Signed by Publisher. Limited to 50. Seller Inventory # 022255

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WHITMAN, Walt

Published by Ferguson Bros, Philadelphia (1888)

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About this Item: Ferguson Bros, Philadelphia, 1888. hardcover. Condition: good. First. Large thick 8vo, 1/2 leather over green cloth; marbled end-papers. (Philadelphia: Ferguson Bros., 1888). Limited First Edition. Hand-written limitation: Number 288 of 600 copies, signed by Whitman on the sectional title for "Leaves of Grass". One preliminary leaf -"Note at Beginning" is detached, and has worm-holes in the margin. From the library of Jean Hersholt, with his signed book-plate, (No. W.15). Seller Inventory # 215383

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Autograph Letter Signed mentioning "Leaves of Grass",: WHITMAN, WALT

WHITMAN, WALT

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About this Item: Whitman writes to New York publishers "Dick & Fitzgerald" mentioning two of his works. "After some delay I have succeeded in getting you [crossed out] a two Vol. set (in perfect order half leather bindings) of Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets ed'n 1876.$6.66 (.one-third off)." Signed in strong full signature, "Walt Whitman." Whitman addresses the post card to Dick & Fitzgerald. The letter is partially published in the Collected Letters, letter 1674. In fine condition. Whitman mentions two of his poems, the most well known, "Leaves of Grass," published first in 1855 and "Two Rivulets" published in 1876. He moved to Camden, New Jersey in the early 1870s and remained for the rest of his life. In the year our letter, 1888, Whitman's "November Boughs" was published by David McKay. Framed with archival cream colored mat and double sided UV filtered glass with opening on back to show the address portion of the postcard . Image of Whitman is the frontispiece to the first edition of Whitman's Specimen Days & Collect (Philadelphia, 1882). Dimensions: Frame 15 inches x 12 inches; letter is 5.25 inches x 3 inches, Whitman print is 3.75 inches x 5.75 inches. Seller Inventory # 4381

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WHITMAN, Walt

Published by [Privately Printed for Walt Whitman]/ (Ferguson Bros. & Co., Printers),, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): (1889)

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About this Item: [Privately Printed for Walt Whitman]/ (Ferguson Bros. & Co., Printers),, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania):, 1889. WHITMAN, Walt. COMPLETE POEMS & PROSE OF WALT WHITMAN 1855. 1888. Authenticated & Personal Book (Handled by W.W.). Portraits from Life. Autograph. Large octavo (sheets measure 27 cm), dark green cloth spine and corners with marbled boards [conforming to BAL 21431, Binding A (with publisher's printed paper title label on spine), paper endpapers and flyleaves (as in Blanck, Binding A), pp. 382, 374, 140, 2, illustrated (with [2] leaves of plates, and 2 portraits). Text prints: "Leaves of Grass, Specimen Days & Collect, November Boughs." Some copies have "Edition: 600 copies" statement, as well as an assigned copy number in Horace Traubel’s hand. All copies that were distributed before Feb. 14, 1889 were unnumbered [this copy is not numbered; Myerson and BAL describe 3 states of binding: (A) half green cloth with marbled boards, paper spine label; (B) half leather with green cloth boards, leather spine labels; (C) brown/green buckram]. Signed by Walt Whitman on title page (as issued). An elusive publication in this early state, in the original binding (Binding A/ unnumbered state), which was issued prior to February 14, 1889 (earliest state of the binding and text); BAL 21431, Blanck states: "All [copies of this publication] distributed before Feb. 14, 1889 were unnumbered" [BAL 21431, Binding A (unnumbered), signed by Walt Whitman]. Moderate wear at tips of spine and corners, publisher's paper spine label is worn (with moderate loss at extremities of publisher's label, but with no loss to printing), marbled boards have moderate wear at extremities, hinges are tender (as usual, due to size and weight of volume), binding is otherwise tight. Overall, a very good copy, with printed text and illustrations quite fresh and clean, title page has offset tanning from signature of Walt Whitman (as usual), text is partially unopened; housed in a custom quarter-leather, green morocco slipcase (rubbed on spine) and cloth chemise. First edition (of this selection), signed; limited to 600 copies, signed by Walt Whitman (BAL 21431, Binding A; this copy is not numbered (seen in both numbered and unnumbered copies-- unnumbered copies were earliest), signed by Walt Whitman on title page (as issued), with printed revisions to the text and introductory 'notes' by Walt Whitman (including "Note at the Beginning" and "Note at the End" by Whitman) [BAL 21431 (Binding A); Myerson A2.7.m (Binding A); the text consists of the seventh edition (thirteenth printing) of Leaves of Grass (with revisions and corrections to the text by Whitman for this edition), and published with Speciman Days and Collect, and with new introductory text by Walt Whitman)]. Seller Inventory # 81951

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The Complete Poems and Prose 1855–1888 : Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

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

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About this Item: Philadelphia: Ferguson Bros & Co., Printers, 1888. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 'The Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman 1855.1888 Authenticated & Personal Book (Handled by W.W).Portraits from Life.Autograph.' Copyright page states 1881 although the book was printed 1888/1889. The signed limited edition, with this copy being number 117 of 600 numbered and signed copies (the limitation added in red ink by Horace Traubel to verso of 'Note at Beginning' leaf). Boldly signed by the author in black ink on the half-title under the quote from 'The leaves of Grass'. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. Original brown buckram cloth, titles to spine in gilt with top edge gilt. The spine is slightly darkened with a little rubbing to the covers. Light pushing at the spine ends. The hinges have been professionally strengthened with some neat reinforcement tape. The binding remains very tight. Mild toning to the text-block and to the page edges. Mild offsetting to the end papers. Free from inscriptions. A little light spotting to the second plate. This edition, Whitman's second attempt at collecting his poetical and prose works (after the 1876 Centennial Edition with 'Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets'), was published only four years before the poet’s death. This edition was referred to by Whitman as his 'big book essentially the book, irrespective of expensive binding: it has portraits, notes, title page-all the guarantees of my personality: it is as clearly the book as anything could make it.' Issued for Whitman by the publisher, with four portraits of the author, including a photographic title page. It contains 'Leaves of Grass, Specimen Days and Collect, and November Boughs'. A single 'Note at End' leaf provides Whitman's printed envoi to the reader, dated Nov 13 1888, and ending, 'I have put my name with pen-and-ink with my own hand in the present volume. And from engraved or photo'd portraits taken from life, I have selected some, of different stages, which please me best, (or at any rate displease me least,) and bequeath them at a venture to you, reader, with my love'. For Whitman, this edition, put together as his conclusive testament four years before his death, was a thoroughly personal project, with the signature and illustrations providing 'all the guarantees of my personality' (Horace Traubel's diary 8 Jan 1889) going 'straight from my hands into the hands of the reader; from my heart to your heart' (ibid. 20 Jan 1889). The 'C' binding on this copy, as Myerson notes, is the one found on the English issue copies which were sent to England in unbound sheets in late 1889, and then bound on order. It is unclear as to how many of the 600 unbound sheets ended up in England though Myerson A2.7.m, note only five. The American edition had marbled boards with paper labels. Housed in a custom slipcase with ties. Very Scarce. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-1522664234183

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Leaves of Grass: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by Brooklyn New York (1855)

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About this Item: Brooklyn New York, 1855. Hardcover. 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). Seller Inventory # ABE-19244844778

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