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WHITMAN, WALT

Published by Brooklyn (1855)

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About this Item: Brooklyn, 1855. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition, one of only 200 copies of the first issue of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. “The importance of the first edition of Leaves of Grass to American literary history is impossible to exaggerate. The slender volume introduced the poet who, celebrating the nation by celebrating himself, has since remained at the heart of America’s cultural memory because in the world of his imagination Americans have learned to recognize and possibly understand their own. As Leaves of Grass grew through its five subsequent editions into a hefty book of 389 poems (with the addition of the two annexes), it gained much in variety and complexity, but Whitman’s distinctive voice was never stronger, his vision never clearer, and his design never more improvisational than in the twelve poems of the first edition” (Ivan Marki). “If one attempts to list the artistic achievements of our nation against the background of Western tradition, our accomplishments in music, painting, sculpture, architecture tend to be somewhat dwarfed. The exception is in literature. No western poet, in the past century and a half, not even Browning or Leopardi or Baudelaire, overshadows Walt Whitman or Emily Dickinson. The book that matters most is the original 1855 Leaves of Grass” (Harold Bloom, The Western Canon). “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” (Printing and the Mind of Man). According to the bookbinder’s records, 795 copies were bound; Whitman reported that 800 were printed. The first 200 were bound in June 1855 in binding A (green cloth with extra gilt stamping and all edges gilt). In December 1855 to January 1856, another 262 copies were bound in binding B (green cloth with less ornate stamping), and at this same time another 150 copies were bound in binding C (paper wrappers). Finally, in July 1855, 46 copies were bound “in boards mounted.” Ours is an excellent example of the first group of 200. Most copies of this fragile volume that have appeared in recent years have been heavily restored. This is a very handsome copy. Provenance: signature of Thomas Bucher dated October 1855. The first issue Leaves of Grass is rarely found with an 1855 provenance. Printing and the Mind of Man 340. Grolier 100 Influential American Books 67. Myerson, Walt Whitman: A Bibliography A 2.1.a1 Small folio. Portrait of Whitman. Original gilt decorated green cloth, all edges gilt (binding A). First gathering reinserted, minor repairs at gutter. Very minimal wear. An excellent copy. Half morocco case. Seller Inventory # ABE-1487622387286

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Leaves of Grass: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by Brooklyn, NY (1855)

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About this Item: Brooklyn, NY, 1855. 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. Seller Inventory # 1533

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WHITMAN, Walt

Published by New York (1855)

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About this Item: New York, 1855. FIRST EDITION, First issue. Half morocco on marbled boards with original front cover bound inside (at the back). First edition, first issue binding (BAL's and Myerson's Binding A), first state of the frontispiece portrait (on heavy paper), second state of the copyright page as usual, second state of p. iv. According to the description in Christie's (New York) catalogue of their sale of the same edition on December 4, 2009 (lot 196 of Sale 2153, which brought $218,500.00), "Whitman was spending nearly every day there [at the printing office of James and Thomas Rome in Brooklyn] that spring [of 1855], writing, revising, reading proof, even working at the type case, just as he had done twenty years earlier as an apprentice printer. Altogether he set in type about ten of the ninety-five pages of a book that he also designed, produced, published, promoted . . . The 795 copies the Romes ran off on their hand press and delivered to the binder were all there were or could be of the first edition. No plates were made; the book was printed from type, and the type distributed" (Justin Kaplan, Walt Whitman: a Life, Toronto: Bantam Books, 1982, p. 198). Myerson notes that 795 copies were bound: 337 in Binding A in June and July 1855; 262 in Binding B in December 1855 and January 1856; and 196 copies in two other binding styles. Whitman "ushered in a new era in American letters, describing specifically American experiences in a distinctly American idiom." "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" (PMM).BAL, 21395; Grolier, American 67; Myerson A2.I.a1; Printing and the Mind of Man 340. Seller Inventory # 13707

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WHITMAN, WALT

Published by s.n., Brooklyn (1855)

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About this Item: s.n., Brooklyn, 1855. 288 x 200 mm. (11 3/8 x 7 3/4"). xii, 95 pp. FIRST EDITION, First Issue (BAL's and Myerson's Binding "A"); First State of the frontispiece portrait (on heavy paper); second state of the copyright page, as usual; second state of p. iv ). Original publisher's green cloth, covers with gilt frames, gilt titling, and decoration in blind, flat spine titled in gilt, marbled endpapers, the binding with extensive refurbishing and very skillful repairs (see below). Housed in a green quarter morocco box. Frontispiece portrait of the author, original tissue guard. BAL 21395; Grolier American 67; Myerson A2.I.a1; PMM 340. Some variations in color to boards (because of refurbishing), the gilt with variable degrees of brightness (visible but rather dulled on the spine, a bit less than bright on the front cover, and with original luster on the back), but the expertly restored binding entirely solid and certainly agreeable enough. Isolated marginal smudges, otherwise A FINE COPY INTERNALLY, the text clean, smooth, and fresh. Offered here in the first issue of the first printing, this collection of Whitman's poetry is described by PMM as "America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, that of 1855 intellectual." Dubbing Whitman (1819-92) "the Poet and the Prophet of Democracy," PMM adds that "the whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation." Most of this volume is occupied by the celebrated "Song of Myself," a publication so sexually candid as to be branded immoral at the time, but now recognized as one of the great achievements of 19th century American poetry. Reviews in 1855 were mixed, with the most enthusiastic coming from Emerson, whose words of praise became the preface to the second edition. According to Myerson, 795 copies of the first edition were bound: 337 in Binding "A" in June and July of 1855; 262 in Binding "B" in December, 1855 and January, 1856; and 196 copies in two other binding styles. Copies of this edition fetch more than $100,000 at auction, and the infrequently found copies in fine condition can go for more than twice that amount; our copy is priced advantageously as a reflection of the (skillful) restoration work the cover has undergone. Laid in is a very thorough printed delineation of the repairs (which involved the partial incorporation of a backstrip from a later facsimile cover) performed on the book by Lyn R. Jacobs. Offered here in the first issue of the first printing, this collection of Whitman's poetry is described by PMM as "America's second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, that of 1855 intellectual." Dubbing Whitman (1819-92) "the Poet and the Prophet of Democracy," PMM adds that "the whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation." Most of this volume is occupied by the celebrated "Song of Myself," a publication so sexually candid as to be branded immoral at the time, but now recognized as one of the great achievements of 19th century American poetry. Reviews in 1855 were mixed, with the most enthusiastic coming from Emerson, whose words of praise became the preface to the second edition. According to Myerson, 795 copies of the first edition were bound: 337 in Binding "A" in June and July of 1855; 262 in Binding "B" in December, 1855 and January, 1856; and 196 copies in two other binding styles. Copies of this edition fetch more than $100,000 at auction, and the infrequently found copies in fine condition can go for more than twice that amount; our copy is priced advantageously as a reflection of the (skillful) restoration work the cover has undergone. Laid in is a very thorough printed delineation of the repairs (which involved the partial incorporation of a backstrip from a later facsimile cover) performed on the book by Lyn R. Jacobs. FIRST EDITION, First Issue (BAL's and Myerson's Binding "A"); Firs. Seller Inventory # CFB1703

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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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Whitman, Walt

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

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About this Item: Fowler and Wells, Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Rare second edition of the most important volume in American poetry, 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). Seller Inventory # 50052

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About this Item: New York The Knickerbocker Press for G. P. Putnam's Sons 1902, 1902. 10 volumes. The Paumanok Edition, one of only 300 numbered sets printed on Ruisdael handmade paper. With illustrations in gravure and aquatint on japon vellum in each volume, colour frontispiece of Whitman to Volume I, tissue guards intact as issued. Large, thick 8vo, beautifully presented in fine period bindings of three-quarter crushed honey morocco over subtle marbled boards, the turnovers gilt ruled at the borders, the spine with art nouveau decorations incorporating raised bands gilt decorated and gilt ruled, the largest compartment with fine gilt and black tooled art nouveau intertwining decorations, one compartment lettered in gilt, t.e.g., others uncut. xcvi, 294; xiii, 323; vii, 297; xi, 324; vii, 301; v,318; v, 281, v, 300; xviii, 230; v, 309 pp. A very handsome, fine and bright, attractive and especially well preserved set. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL SET, on fine paper with Gothic titles, illustrated title pages and finely engraved portraits of the author, the people in his life and other important personages of the age. There is a fine introduction to LEAVES OF GRASS and the set also includes an important biography of the poet by Bucke, Harned, and Traubel. There are here presented, the greatest poem of America in its most complete format, and volumes of the wonderful prose writings of Whitman including the inclusion of SPECIMEN DAYS and other significant works. Whitman’s LEAVES OF GRASS portrayed America at the crossroads between an old world, soon to be cast off, and the new world of our future present. With the publication of LEAVES OF GRASS in 1855, Whitman, the poet of democracy, ushered in a new era in American letters, describing specifically American experiences in a distinctly American idiom. From its first publication in 1855, he had complete confidence in the greatness of both the book and its author. "Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy. The whole of LEAVES OF GRASS is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation. In a sense, it is America’s second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, this of 1855 intellectual. .The poems are saturated ‘with a vehemence of pride and audacity of freedom necessary to loosen the mind of still-to-be-formed America from the folds, the superstitions, and all the long, tenacious, and stifling anti-democratic authorities of Asiatic and European past’. To the young nation, only just becoming aware of an individual literary identity distinct from its European origins, Whitman’s message and his outspoken confidence came at a decisive moment. LEAVES OF GRASS was Whitman’s favorite child. From the time of its original publication,.until the year of his death, he continued revising and enlarging it. If (his) reputation has fluctuated over the years and his position among, if indeed not at the head of, the list of great American poets was not assured until some time after his death, there was never any doubt of the matter in his own mind. ‘I know I am deathless’, he wrote. ‘Whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years, I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can wait.’ Time has vindicated his conviction." PMM One of the rare opportunities to acquire this comprehensive set from one of the greatest of American poets. Seller Inventory # 24142

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Whitman, Walt

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

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About this Item: Camden, New Jersey: Author's Edition, 1876. Fifth edition, third printing, second (American) issue. One of 600 copies in this issue. Signed by Whitman to title page. Original publisher's three-quarter cream calf with green, red, and black shell marbled paper-covered boards, light brown spine label lettered in gilt, yellow-coated endpapers, all edges trimmed. A very good or better copy with repairs to spine, hinges reinforced, front endpaper replaced to match original, light wear and rubbing to extremities, and some toning to page edges. Attractive in the original publisher's binding. Housed in an early slipcase. Myerson A2.5.C2. From the library of Pulitzer Prize winning author Kenneth Silverman. 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. Inspired by his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalist movement, Whitman's poetry lauds the human experience and the American spirit. Although criticized for its exaltation of sensual pleasure and overt discussion of sexuality, Leaves of Grass was highly praised by Emerson and is widely considered one of the cornerstones of 19th century American poetry. Chiefly a biographer, Professor Kenneth Silverman co-directed the American Civilization program at NYU, and won not only the Pulitzer but also the Bancroft Prize for his work The Life and Times of Cotton Mather. Other notable works of his include biographies of Edgar Allan Poe and Samuel F. B. Morse. A magician himself, he also profiled the life of Harry Houdini. Seller Inventory # WWM012

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Complete Writings [Paumanok Edition], The: WHITMAN, Walt

WHITMAN, Walt

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

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

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Glaister, Donald. Rumi and Walt Whitman

Published by Foolsgold Studio, Vashon, WA (2016)

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About this Item: 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!. Seller Inventory # 11141

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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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Walt Whitman

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

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About this Item: Walt Whitman, Camden N J., 1888. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. Cloth.#218 of 600 copies printed. Signed by author on the Leaves of Grass title page. Inscribed by Whitman on the front free end paper 'J W Wassall, from the author, July 23 1889'. Original binding professionally conserved; about half of the original spine label has been preserved. BAL 21431. Seller Inventory # 64004

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

Whitman, Walt

Published by Whitman (1881)

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About this Item: Whitman, 1881. Hardcover. 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). Seller Inventory # ABE-16715749114

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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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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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Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman: WHITMAN, Walt.

WHITMAN, Walt.

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

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About this Item: Ferguson Bros. & Co. Printers. Philadelphia, 1888. pp. PORTRAIT TITLE, (i) Note at Beginning, (i) blank, (i) Leaves of Grass - nine-line verse with signature below, (i) LIMITATION statement in red ink - 'Edition Six Hundred Number One Hundred and Seven', (i) Contents, 4-382, vi, (7)-374 Specimen Days & Collect, 140 November Boughs, 2 Note at End. Engraved portrait of Whitman as a young man facing p.29 Song of Myself in Leaves of Grass, photographic portrait at 70 years old to face title of November Boughs. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards and end-papers, spine edges rubbed, a strip of fading [about one inch] along the top of the boards and spine, in other ways, a very good copy. *See JACOB SCHWARZ 1100 Obscure Points, page 94 - 'Half cloth. Marbled sides. A few copies were bound in half leather and some in full grey buckram.'. Seller Inventory # 61344

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WHITMAN, Walt

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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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Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

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

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About this Item: Walt Whitman, Camden N J, 1888. Hardcover. 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). Seller Inventory # ABE-16715745123

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Walt Whitman

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About this Item: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1453744770

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LEAVES OF GRASS.: Whitman Walt

Whitman Walt

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About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # 28043

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LEAVES OF GRASS: Whitman Walt

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

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About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # 28044

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Leaves of Grass. [Poi:] Passage To India.: Whitman, Walt.

Whitman, Walt.

Published by 18721873, Washington D.C. (stampa: New York) [ma: London], (1872)

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About this Item: 18721873, Washington D.C. (stampa: New York) [ma: London], 1872. s. ind. ed. (stampa: Electrotyped by Smith & McDougal) [ma: John Camden Hotten], pp. 384 (le prime sei pp. num. [i]-vi) + 120 (le prime quattro pp. num. [i]-iv) + 14. Prima e unica edizione inglese, vivente l?autore. Si tratta di un?edizione pirata esemplata in poche copie (circa un centinaio) sulla seconda emissione della quinta edizione, ovvero quella che nel 1872 accorpa ai ?Leaves? Washington 1871 il ?Passage to India? dello stesso anno (legando insieme i fascicoli dell?una e dell?altra e mantenendo frontespizio e paginazione autonoma). L?edizione pirata è riconoscibile per la tela di copertina, in tutto diversa da quella originale verde, per l?aggiunta in fine del poema ?After All, Not To Create Only? (anch?esso con propria numerazione) e per una serie di specifici rilievi filologico-testuali. Cfr. Myerson, Whitman Bibliography, A2.6 bind. A. La raccolta di poesie ?Leaves of Grass?, apparsa la prima volta nel 1855 con solo dodici poesie, conta almeno sette edizioni importanti (notevolmente aumentate e modificate) pubblicate per cura dell?autore: la quinta edizione rappresenta uno stato abbastanza vicino alla forma definitiva, se non altro per i titoli inclusi. Segni di usura alla tela, per il resto esemplare molto ben conservato. Raro. Seller Inventory # 11076

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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; Richard Maurice Bucke, et al, ed.s

Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons at the Knickerbocker Press, NY and London (1902)

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About this Item: G.P. Putnam's Sons at the Knickerbocker Press, NY and London, 1902. Vellum spines darkened as usual, extremities of paper covered boards beginning to darken; volumes 1 and 2 of the prose writings faintly dampstained on upper margin of the interior pages. No ownership markings. Leaves of Grass in 3 vols, Prose in 7. BAL 21454 D (no priority). This is an important critical edition. BAL notes that this edition prints for the first time "Variorum Readings of 'Leaves of Grass' together with First Drafts of Certain Poems; Rejected Passages; and Poems Dropped by the Way" in vol. 3. "Rejected Lines and Passages" is made up of lines taken from the early manuscripts, most of them antedating the 1855 edition. The Book-Lover's Camden Edition, #157 of 500 copies. Seller Inventory # 014834

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Song of the Open Road: Whitman, Walt; Siskind,

Whitman, Walt; Siskind, Aaron (Photographer)

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About this Item: The Limited Editions Club, [New York], 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Siskind, Aaron (illustrator). Limited Edition. Number 351 of 550 copies, elephant folio size, [52] pp., signed by Aaron Siskind, with original prospectus. In 1855 the first issue of "Leaves of Grass" was published at the expense of the author Walt Whitman (1819-1892) in an edition of 795 copies. During the five years that followed, Whitman was writing constantly, and prepared a second edition, published (again at his own expense) in 1856, with several new poems, including the present "Song of the Open Road". It celebrates that image of the vagabond poet that was so essential to Whitman's work, wherein the poet takes a symbolic journey, immersed in uncorrupted naturalness, disavowing one way of life and embracing experiences intuitively, free of custom. Kindred spirit Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) was a subversive American photographer, and public member of the politically conscious Photographers League. The present illustrations "transform Whitman's symbolic journeyings into the language of modern urbanism" (LEC Newsletter Number 560, Series 50, Volume 4). The six photos are of tar poured into cracks in cement and asphalt, which form wandering lines across the compositions, magnified to create a textural, abstract expression synonymous with the poem. ___DESCRIPTION: Black morocco shelfback and fore-edges with dark green linen covered boards, title in gilt to backstrip, six photogravures; Scotch Roman type, off-white paper mould-made at the mill of Cartiere Enrico Magnani, elephant folio size (17.5" by 15"), [52] unnumbered pp., limited edition, this number 351 of 550 copies, signed by Aaron Siskind. Housed in a black cloth slipcase, with the original prospectus.___CONDITION: A fine copy, the binding is clean and unrubbed, a strong text block with solid hinges, internally bright and free of prior owner markings; a hint of sun-toning to backstrip, otherwise a fine copy. The prospectus is fine, clean and without wear; the slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, with a hint of sunning to one side.___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an extremely large book, and therefore additional postage may apply. We are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customers, please inquire for details. ___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions, we are here to help. Seller Inventory # 171031018

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Leaves of Grass: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by Thayer and Eldridge (1860)

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About this Item: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 3rd Edition. Thayer and Eldridge, Boston:, 1860. Third edition. This third edition, preceded by Whitman's self- published editions of 1855 and 1856, was enlarged to 456 pages, adding 122 new poems, including "Starting from Paumanok" and "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," and two new sections, "Calamus" and "Children of Adam." Rebound in handsome ornately decorated leather. Has printer's and stereotyper's imprints on copyright page. Rear hinge professionally repaired. The poems are arranged in 7 "clusters": 'Chants Democratic and Native American', with an introductory poem 'Apostroph'; 'Leaves of Grass'; 'Enfans d'Adam'; 'Calamus'; 'Messenger Leaves'; 'Thoughts'; 'Says'; 'Debris'; and 26 individual poems including 'Walt Whitman', 'A Word Out of the Sea' (later titled 'Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking'). The volume commences with 'Proto-Leaf', which was later called 'Starting from Paumanok'. According to the Walt Whitman archive, "The significance of the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass tends to be paradoxical. Although the poems often express grief over romantic and professional failures, the book's new sense of structure, the sizable increase in poems, its wider readership and critical praise made it one of Whitman's most successful books. Although the poems seem more intimate and personal than previous Whitman poems, the third edition is also a deliberate intervention into public life, an attempt to realize American democratic ideals and save the Union." 8vo, iv, 456pp. $950. Seller Inventory # 1501713

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Whitman, Walt

Published by Thomas Bird Mosher/William Francis Gable, Pubs (1919)

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About this Item: Thomas Bird Mosher/William Francis Gable, Pubs, 1919. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Thomas Bird Mosher/William Francis Gable, Pubs., Portland, ME; 1919; limited to 400 copies; medium 8vo printed on Old Stratford white wove paper, in dark green cloth, stamped to match the original edition; near fine condition; light wear to corners of cov. Seller Inventory # 3400

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Leaves of Grass: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by Thayer and Eldridge: Worthington. (1860)

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About this Item: Thayer and Eldridge: Worthington., 1860. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Very Good. Third edition. 3rd ed. Bound in publisher's cloth. Hardcover. Good binding and cover. 465 pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait by S.A. Schoff, calligraphic title. Limited toning to margin of portrait page. Third Edition, BAL binding state C. The presumed third printing (though previously thought to be the second), and first unauthorized printing, of the third edition, 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." (PMM). Walt Whitman archive: "The significance of the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass tends to be paradoxical. Although the poems often express grief over romantic and professional failures, the book's new sense of structure, the sizable increase in poems, its wider readership and critical praise made it one of Whitman's most successful books. Although the poems seem more intimate and personal than previous Whitman poems, the third edition is also a deliberate intervention into public life, an attempt to realize American democratic ideals and save the Union.". Seller Inventory # 1512230006

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Leaves of Grass: Whitman, Walt

Whitman, Walt

Published by Thayer and Eldridge, Boston (1880)

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About this Item: Thayer and Eldridge, Boston, 1880. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Frontispiece portrait is an engraving by Stephen Alonzo Schoff from an oil painting portrait by Charles Hine (illustrator). 3rd Edition. Third Edition, very good in publisher's original pebbled purple cloth with some wear to head & heel of spine. (The first two, shorter and anonymous, editions were self-published, 1855 and 1856.) States to title page "Year 85 of the States (1860-1861)" but now presumed to be the third (previously thought to be the second) -- and the first unauthorized -- printing of the third, Thayer and Eldridge edition. This is indicated by the absence here of the printer's or electrotypesetter's imprints to the copyright-page, where the 1860 copyright notice now stands naked. (See Myerson, "Walt Whitman a Descriptive Bibliography," A2.3.c, calling it the third printing; or BAL 21397, calling it the second printing.) This later printing thus presumed to be post-1879. Beveled boards with blindstamps of globe, clouds and title to front board, sunrise and title to rear board. Gilt title to spine. Device of butterfly resting on finger also blindstamped to spine. Engraved, elegant frontispiece portrait lovely but lacking tissue guard, if it ever had one. Contents begin with the "Proto-Leaf" on page 5, as they should. (Though modern readers may wonder what all the fuss was about, Whitman defied the Victorian conspiracy of silence concerning the human anatomy and bodily functions, writing "Copulation is no more rank to me than death is / I believe in the flesh and the appetites . . ."; "The scent of these arm-pits is aroma finer than prayer . . .", and "Darkness you are gentler than my lover -- / his flesh was sweaty and panting / I feel the hot moisture yet that he left me." An 1856 review in the British "Saturday Review" called the book "exceedingly obscene. If the 'Leaves of Grass' should come into anybody's possession, our advice is to throw them immediately behind the fire." The Library Company of Philadelphia was the only library in America officially on record as buying a copy of an early edition. In 1865 Whitman lost his job with the U.S. Department of the Interior when Chief Secretary James Harlan found an annotated copy of the book in Whitman's desk and declared him "the author of an indecent book." Noah Porter, president of Yale University, wrote in his pathetic 'Books and Reading' -- 1872 -- that "Leaves of Grass" should be as "indictable at common law" as "walking naked through the streets." Bowdlerized (censored) editions proliferated at least through Oxford's "World Classics" series in 1920.) This copy 456 pp. with NO advertising matter at rear. Seller Inventory # 005644

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About this Item: Philadelphia. Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, ., 1866. Disbound. First Edition. 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. Seller Inventory # 11044

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