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Leaves of Grass: Whitman, Walter

Whitman, Walter

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Item Description: 1855. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 27.8 x 19.5 cm. An extremely rare first edition copy of Whitman`s famous poem, in the first state of the text and binding (green cloth, triple gilt fillet border on each cover, marbled endpapers, blind-tooled floral designs on each cover, a.e.g.). Whitman`s portrait (with tissue guard) is on card stock. Line 2 of p.49 reads `And the night is for you and me and all` and on the title page verso is the 1855 copyright statement. Only 337 copies were published in the first state of the binding. Spine cracked and text with occasional foxing, two large brown marks on the fly, and a small ink stain on p.vi-vii. Ex-bookseller`s sticker on back pastedown. Front free endpaper to p.iv loose from binding. Otherwise in nice condition. Includes 2 letters from the bookseller Bernard M. Rosenthal to Sensui Shoji, who purchased the book from him in 1980, and two sketches by an unknown artist on loose paper (one portrait signed in pencil `E.M. Bates`). In quarter morocco case and with other Japanese ephemera relating to the book. Extremely scarce. Used book. Bookseller Inventory # 279

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Leaves of Grass: Whitman, Walt

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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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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

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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WHITMAN, Walt

Published by Ferguson Bros., Philadelphia (1888)

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Item Description: Ferguson Bros., Philadelphia, 1888. hardcover. Book Condition: good. First. 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) Large thick 8vo, 1/2 leather over green cloth; marbled end-papers. (Philadelphia: Ferguson Bros., 1888). Limited First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 215383

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Whitman, Walt

Published by Philadelphia (1888)

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Item Description: Philadelphia, 1888. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Unknown (illustrator). First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. "Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman 1855.1888 Authenticated & Personal Book (Handled by W.W).Portraits from Life.Autograph" Copyright page states 1881 although book was printed 1888/1889. Hand-written limitation page states "Edition: Six Hundred Number Five Hundred Forty=Seven" Book is signed on the opposite page by Walt Whitman under nine lines from the Leaves of Grass. Note: This is an ex-library book from the Worcestershire County Library and also has the small rubberstamp of the (Bromsgrove Store) on the front inside pastedown and on title (title page). The round circular library stamp on three corners of the title page. No front endpaper.starts with the illustrated glossy title page. Cloth binding with professionally repaired split to front cover spine seam. Contents are clean complete and tight with all illustrations present. By Author and Designer. Bookseller Inventory # 001776

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Whitman Walt

Published by Washington, DC Walt Whitman 1872 (1872)

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Item Description: Washington, DC Walt Whitman 1872, 1872. First Washington edition, cloth issue. 8vo, publisher's original dark green cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine. vi,384,120,14 pp. A well preserved, tight and clean copy of this very scarce edition, some light or normal evidence of age mellowing. The cloth colour still dark and unfaded. VERY SCARCE AND IMPORTANT EARLY PRINTING OF THIS AMERICAN MASTERWORK. Washington editions are rarely seen. This is the first time that LEAVES OF GRASS had appeared in book form with PASSAGE TO INDIA (published as a pamphlet in 1871), but adding a new poem here. The volume also contains " After All, To Create Only" as an addendum (published for the first time). Whitman’s LEAVES OF GRASS portrayed America at the crossroads between an old world, soon to be caste 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. PASSAGE TO INDIA was written to celebrate the completion of the Suez Canal and the transcontinental railroad, in what would be the " marriage of the continents". And it is here that Whitman for the first time evokes Eastern ideas of spirituality and religion and predicts an America that combines "the physical and intellectual culture of the west, with the spirituality of the East.where the Poet, worthy that name; the true Son of God shall come singing his songs." "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. Bookseller Inventory # 28043

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Whitman Walt

Published by Boston Thayer and Eldridge 1860-61 (1860)

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Item Description: Boston Thayer and Eldridge 1860-61, 1860. First Boston Edition, First Trade Edition. The previous issues of 1855 and 1856 had been published by the author in Brooklyn, New York. This edition reworked by Whitman with significant new inclusions as noted below. With engraved frontispiece portrait of the author on heavy stock, Thick 8vo, publisher’s rare original dark-green textured cloth, lettered and beautifully decorated in blind on both covers, the spine lettered in gilt and decorated in blind, Myerson’s binding C (green TR cloth). iv, 456 pp. A clean and quite fresh copy, very well preserved, the cloth still dark and the gilt sharp, no fading at the spine. Expert and unobtrusive skillful restoration to the tips of the spine panel and inner hinges at the meeting of the paste-downs and free-flys. IMPORTANT FIRST TRADE EDITION AND VERY SCARCE IN THIS BINDING OF DARK GREEN CLOTH. First Boston and first general trade published issuance of LEAVES OF GRASS. This edition included 122 new poems and two new sections. One of the earliest and most important editions of this great American literary work which remains attainable. Whitman began this edition with "Proto-Leaf"["Starting from Paumanok"] a lovely apologia for his work. And this edition has the two very important clusters--"Enfans d'Adam" and "Calamus"---focusing on love. Whitman’s LEAVES OF GRASS is, arguably, the greatest work in all of American literature. LEAVES OF GRASS portrayed America at the crossroads between an old world, soon to be caste 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. Bookseller Inventory # 28044

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Whitman, Walt

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

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Item Description: Thomas Bird Mosher, Portland, Maine, 1919. Hard Cover. Book 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. Bookseller Inventory # 022255

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LEAF OF GRASS FROM SHADY HILL. With: Whitman, Walt; LEAVES

Whitman, Walt; LEAVES OF GRASS]; Norton Charles Eliot

Published by Cambridge and Brooklyn printed at the Harvard University Press and by the author 1928; 1855 (1928)

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Item Description: Cambridge and Brooklyn printed at the Harvard University Press and by the author 1928; 1855, 1928. First edition of the book and a leaf from the first edition of Whitman's LEAVES OF GRASS. With a frontispiece portrait of Norton and F. J. Child from a photograph taken circa 1854. 4to, publisher's original green cloth gilt lettered on the upper cover and spine. 31 pp. + leaf from the first edition of LEAVES OF GRASS. A very fine copy, the text-block still largely unopened, the green cloth essentially pristine. The original 1855 leaf from the first edition of LEAVES OF GRASS well preserved. FIRST EDITION OF THE BOOK WITH A LEAF FROM THE 1855 FIRST PRINTING OF WALT WHITMAN'S LEAVES OF GRASS. The text was issued to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Charles Eliot Norton, this book contains an introductory essay by Kenneth Murdock, a poem by Norton inspired by Whitman's LEAVES OF GRASS, and Norton's review of that work, printed anonymously in "Putnam's Monthly" for September, 1855. The original leaf of the poem comes from the first printing, issued in Brooklyn by Whitman in 1855. It is, to this day, held to be the greatest poetical work in American literature. Bookseller Inventory # 26615

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Whitman Walt

Published by Philadelphia David McKay 1884 (1884)

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Item Description: Philadelphia David McKay 1884, 1884. First Edition Thus . Engraved portrait of Whitman on card, as in the first edition, and with the tissue guard as issued. Tall 8vo, publisher’s original medium olive-brown S cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine and with the author’s autograph rendered in gilt on the upper cover. Binding A, diagonal fine-ribbed, with light blue vein-pattterned endpapers, top edge gilt. 382 pp. A fine copy indeed, old school label at the pastedown. THE PHILADELPHIA EDITION AND A SCARCE ISSUE OF THIS AMERICAN MASTERWORK. AN IMPORTANT PRINTING. Whitman’s LEAVES OF GRASS portrayed America at the crossroads between an old world, soon to be caste off, and the new world of our future present. "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. Bookseller Inventory # 28045

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Item Description: Philadelphia. Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, ., 1866. Disbound. First Edition. 12mo. 39 pp. + 1 p. letter. 12mo. James Aitken Meigs (1829Ð79) was a distinguished Philadelphia physician, professor at several Philadelphia medical colleges, a physiologist and physical anthropologist. While he engaged in medical practice, especially during the Civil War, he has an extensive research bibliography, chiefly devoted to ethnological and craniological subjects. According to the above referenced paper, the pioneer in physical anthropology in America was Dr. Samuel G. Morton, whose most important work was published in 1839 as Crania Americana, a comparative study of Native American crania collected by Morton. He died in 1851 and his most direct scholarly descendent was James Aitken Meigs, who completed the cataloguing of Morton's collection, as detailed in this important paper. This tradition marks the Philadelphia beginnings of American studies of Physical Anthropology, an important branch of Human Biology, emphasized at the Wistar Institute of that city. Physical Anthropology was not an isolated field, but intersected with phrenology and other biological branches popular in Meigs's time. Here is an important autographed letter signed by Meigs and addressed to [Lorenzo Niles] Fowler (1811Ð96) & [Samuel R]. Wells (1820Ð75). Its text is as follows: Philada./ No. 423 S. Broad St./ Oct. 10th 1866 Messrs. Fowler & Wells, / Gentlemen, Along with this I mail to your address a copy of a paper upon the crania of the American Indians, which has just been published in the Proceedings of the Academy of Nat. Sciences of this city. It embodies the first attempt to classify the crania of the native races of this continent. according to their ethnic forms. I have also endeavored to show that these races do not belong to one uniform cranial type- / Please notice the paper in your Journal. / Are you done with the wood-cuts I sent you? If so, please return them by Express & oblige/ Truly Yours &c./ Jas: Aitken Meigs. At the foot of the letter in another hand and pen is the notation: Save this. W [?Wells]This letter expresses the seriousness with which Phrenology was viewed by many scholars, writers, etc. at the time. Fowler & Wells had published the second edition (expanded) of Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" in 1856 as well as Whitman's own 'anonymous' review of his own work in 1855 in The American Phrenological Journal. Whitman had previously been examined phrenologically by Lorenzo Fowler and became a staff writer for "Life Illustrated", a periodical published by Fowler & Wells. (M. B. Stern, Heads and Headlnes. The Phrenological Fowlers, 1971) ( for Whitman and Fowler).The scientific paper has a number of textual corrections in the hand of Meigs. Near Fine. Alesù Hrdi ka, Contribution to the History of Physical Anthropology in the United States of America, with Special Reference to Philadelphia, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. Vol. 87, No. 1. (July 14, 1943), pp. 61Ð64. Bookseller Inventory # 11044

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Walt Whitman

Published by Thayer & Eldrige, Boston (1860)

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Item Description: Thayer & Eldrige, Boston, 1860. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. 3rd Edition. Thayer and Eldridge: Boston, 1860. Very Good. Third edition. 3rd ed. Bound in terra cotta emobossed publisher's cloth. 465 pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait by S.A. Schoff, calligraphic title. Third Edition, BAL The presumed third printing (though previously thought to be the second), without the printers' imprints on the copyright-page. Myerson, Walt Whitman, a Descriptive Bibliography, A2.3.c (calling it the third printing); BAL 21397 (calling it the second printing). "Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and 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, that of 1855 intellectual." Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 1001092

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Updike, John

Published by Targ Editions, New York (1980)

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Item Description: Targ Editions, New York, 1980. 1/4 Cloth. Book Condition: Fine+. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine+. First Edition; First Printing. 8vo. 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; 28 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 20110

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A Concordance of Walt Whitman's Leaves of: Eby, Edwin Harold

Item Description: University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1949. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. First printing. Five volumes. First editions, 1949-1954. Softcovers, 964 total pp., clean unmarked text, Good to Very Good copies, some soiling or discoloration to the covers, rubbing and wear to the tips and edges of the covers of some volumes including some creasing and a bit of tearing to the tips. Rare set. Bookseller Inventory # s0009820

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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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Item Description: London, England: MACK, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. 1st Edition. 1st Printing. Signed. Unpaginated. Published in 2015. Retrospective 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. 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 one side of 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 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 one side of 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. Bookseller Inventory # 20175

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Updike, John

Published by Targ Editions, New York (1980)

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Item Description: Targ Editions, New York, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition; First Printing. 8vo. 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) ; 28 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 29563

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Gehenna Press.

Published by Northampton: Printed by E. & L. Baskin and R. Warren at The Gehenna Press. (1955)

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Item Description: Northampton: Printed by E. & L. Baskin and R. Warren at The Gehenna Press., 1955. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Large broadside measuring 19 by 19 1/4 inches. Broadside consists of the text of Whitman's poem within a triple line border and a wood engraved full-length portrait of Whitman by Leonard Baskin. Limited to 250 copies. The broadside is worn with some surface wrinkling and some light soiling to the margin. There is a 6-inch long closed tear in the lower left corner. Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 7336

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WHITMAN, Walt

Published by Published for The Facsimile Text Society by Columbia University Press, New York (1939)

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Item Description: Published for The Facsimile Text Society by Columbia University Press, New York, 1939. Hardcover. First edition thus. Quarto. Brown cloth gilt. Slightest of wear, just about fine. Bookseller Inventory # 409427

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Walt Whitman, Sculley Bradley (Editor), Harold W. Blodgett (Editor), William White (Editor)

Published by New York University Press (1980)

ISBN 10: 0814710247 ISBN 13: 9780814710241

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Item Description: New York University Press, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1St Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0814710247

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Updike, John

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Item Description: Targ Editions, New York, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine+. First Edition; First Printing. 8vo. 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; 28 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 20013

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Whitman, Walt

Published by New York University Press, NY (1980)

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Item Description: New York University Press, NY, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. 944 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 33699

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Leaves of Grass: A Textual Variorum of: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by New York: New York University Press (1980)

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Item Description: New York: New York University Press, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. 1st Edition. Three volumes (complete), 4to., red cloth lettered in gilt; dust jackets. First edition, edited by William White, Arthur Golden, Harold W. Blodgett, and Sculley Bradley. A gorgeous set covering the years 1855 through 1891. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14612727108

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Whitman, Walt

Published by The Eakins Press, New York (1966)

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Item Description: The Eakins Press, New York, 1966. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Portrait Engraving (illustrator). First Edition Facsimile. Quarto. Green gilt embossed cloth in a red paper-covered slipcase with gilt title. An exact copy of the first edition of 1855 as privately issued by Whitman, printed in Brooklyn, and received by Ralph Waldo Emerson. From a copy in the Library of Yale University, this edition includes eight pages of first comments and reviews, added to later copies of the first edition, and containing a review in The American Phrenological Journal attributed to the poet, and a letter Emerson sent to Whitman. The lettering, cloth texture and embossing on the cover are faithful replicas of the original. Bookseller Inventory # 1354267

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Whitman, Walt

Published by New York Univ. Press 1980 (1980)

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Item Description: New York Univ. Press 1980, 1980. Hard Cover. First edition. Three volumes. Variorum of the printed poems from 1855 to 1891. Editor Sculley Bradley, et al. Very good with the following exception: fore edge of pages of Volume III lightly soiled. DJs are very good, with the following exceptions: DJ of Vol. I is lightly soiled on the front, lower edge, 2 inches only; one very small repaired tear on lower corner, rear panel of DJ of Vol. III. Repaired on the verso with sheer, acid free tape. (loc 1034/1). Bookseller Inventory # 004195

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Norton, Charles Eliot.

Published by No place: privately printed at the Harvard University Press, (1928 (1928)

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Item Description: No place: privately printed at the Harvard University Press, (1928, 1928. No place: privately printed at the Harvard University Press, (1928). First edition. Green cloth, blind and gilt. "This little book, printed to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Charles Eliot Norton, contains a poem by him, inspired by Walt Whitman's 'Leaves of Grass', and also his review of that work, printed anonymously in "Putnam's Monthly" for September, 1855." A Fine copy, unopened. Bookseller Inventory # bc04b24415d12e7ea16d2bfd562c8635

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Whitman, Walt) Norton, Charles Eliot

Published by Printed at the Harvard University Press, [Cambridge (1928)

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Item Description: Printed at the Harvard University Press, [Cambridge, 1928. First Edition. First Edition. Frontis portrait. 31 pp. 1 vols. Folio. Green cloth, Fine, some foxing to frontis Frontis portrait. 31 pp. 1 vols. Folio. Bookseller Inventory # 239916

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Jason Stacy

Published by Peter Lang Apr 2008 (2008)

ISBN 10: 143310153X ISBN 13: 9781433101533

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Item Description: Peter Lang Apr 2008, 2008. Buch. Book Condition: Neu. 236x154x20 mm. Neuware - In the fifteen years before the publication of Leaves of Grass (1855), Walt Whitman constructed three authoritative voices by which he engaged the upheavals endemic to the Industrial Revolution. Through these public personas, found mostly in his journalism, Whitman offered remedies for American artisans who had lost their economic autonomy and status. Instead of attacking broad forces beyond worker control, Whitman blamed artisans for oppressing themselves through the temptations of consumerism and affectation. Walt Whitman's Multitudes places the first edition of Leaves of Grass on par with Whitman's journalism and exposes a writer different from most poetry-directed analyses. In doing so, it traces Whitman's public voice as he wrestled intimately with the debates of his day: conspicuous consumption, nativism, slavery, and, through it all, labor and the status of the new working class. 168 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9781433101533

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Jason Stacy

Published by Peter Lang Apr 2008 (2008)

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Item Description: Peter Lang Apr 2008, 2008. Buch. Book Condition: Neu. 236x154x20 mm. Neuware - In the fifteen years before the publication of Leaves of Grass (1855), Walt Whitman constructed three authoritative voices by which he engaged the upheavals endemic to the Industrial Revolution. Through these public personas, found mostly in his journalism, Whitman offered remedies for American artisans who had lost their economic autonomy and status. Instead of attacking broad forces beyond worker control, Whitman blamed artisans for oppressing themselves through the temptations of consumerism and affectation. Walt Whitman's Multitudes places the first edition of Leaves of Grass on par with Whitman's journalism and exposes a writer different from most poetry-directed analyses. In doing so, it traces Whitman's public voice as he wrestled intimately with the debates of his day: conspicuous consumption, nativism, slavery, and, through it all, labor and the status of the new working class. 168 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9781433101533

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