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Leaves Of Grass

By Whitman, Walt




Leaves of Grass (1855) is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman. Among the poems in the collection are "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," and in later editions, Whitman's elegy to the assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd. " Whitman spent his entire life writing Leaves of Grass, revising it in several editions until his death. The first edition published in 1855 contained 12 poems on 95 pages. The final edition published contained almost 400 poems. 

First edition identification and notes

On May 15, 1855, Whitman registered the title Leaves of Grass with the clerk of the United States District Court, Southern District of New Jersey, and received its copyright. The first edition was published on July 4, 1855, in Brooklyn, at the printing shop of two Scottish immigrants, James and Andrew Rome, whom Whitman had known since the 1840s. Whitman paid for and did much of the typesetting for the first edition himself. The book did not include the author's name, and instead offered an engraving by Samuel Hollyer depicting Whitman in work clothes and a jaunty hat, arms at his side. Early advertisements for the first edition appealed to "lovers of literary curiosities" as an oddity. Sales on the book were few, but Whitman was not discouraged.

The first edition was very small, collecting only twelve unnamed poems in 95 pages. Whitman once said he intended the book to be small enough to be carried in a pocket. "That would tend to induce people to take me along with them and read me in the open air: I am nearly always successful with the reader in the open air", he explained.  About 800 were printed, though only 200 were bound in its trademark green cloth cover.  The only American library known to have purchased a copy of the first edition was in Philadelphia The poems of the first edition, which were given titles in later issues, were "Song of Myself", "A Song for Occupations", "To Think of Time", "The Sleepers", "I Sing the Body Electric", "Faces", "Song of the Answerer", "Europe: The 72d and 73d Years of These States", "A Boston Ballad", "There Was a Child Went Forth", "Who Learns My Lesson Complete?", and "Great Are the Myths".

Other collectible or notable editions

There have been held to be either six or nine editions of Leaves of Grass, the count depending on how they are distinguished. Scholars who hold that an edition is an entirely new set of type will count the 1855, 1856, 1860, 1867, 1871–72, and 1881 printings. Others add in the 1876, 1888–89, and 1891–92 (the "deathbed edition") releases.


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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

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 restored at inner margin, minor repairs at gutter. Very minimal wear. An excellent copy.

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, Walt

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.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

Brooklyn, NY, 1855. First edition. Very Good. 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.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

WHITMAN, WALT

Brooklyn: s.n., 1855. 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). 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.. 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.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

Whitman Walt

Brooklyn: [for the author], 1856. The rare first octavo edition and second edition overall. A COPY WITH FINE PROVENANCE AND A SUPERB ASSOCIATION COPY AND AS WELL, A WHITMAN FAMILY COPY. Printed for the author. With a portrait frontispiece. 8vo, the printer/publisher' original green cloth, gilt decorated on the cover as the first edition and with gilt designs and lettering developed especially for this printing. A very good copy with some light foxing as is typical. The spine has a bit of wear at the head and tail, some light evidence of wear or age overall, a well preserved, tight copy, hinges in good order, a copy with fine provenance. FIRST OCTAVO EDITION, PRINTED ONE YEAR AFTER THE FIRST, AND AGAIN, IN BROOKLYN AND FOR THE AUTHOR. A COPY WITH FINE PROVENANCE AND A SPLENDID ASSOCIATION COPY, most probably belonging to Whitman’s sister and then passed on to her daughter Zora Tuthill with Ms. Tuthill’s ownership inscription on the front free-fly. From a Whitman family collection. This second edition was greatly enlarged by the addition of 20 poems, as well as a laudatory letter from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Whitman's long reply, and several reviews of the books (including Whitman's own anonymous review, originally published in the Brooklyn "Daily Times"). The book is usually found in rough condition if found at all. An important contemporary of Whitman's and a revered figure in the New England landscape of the American Renaissance, Bronson Alcott recorded in his journal for October 4, 1856, that he had gone to Brooklyn to see Walt Whitman. "I pass a couple of hours, and find him to be an extraordinary person, full of brute power, certainly of genius and audacity, and likely to make his mark on Young America--he affirming himself to be its representative man and poet. I must meet him again, and more than once, to mete his merits and place in this Pantheon of the West. He gives me his new book of poems, the Leaves of Grass, 2nd edition, with new verses, and asks me to write him if I have any more to say about him or his master, Emerson...." Alcott also refers to Whitman's generosity in a letter to his wife on 10 October: "I crossed to Brooklyn and passed some hours with Walt Whitman the Poet, author of the Leaves of Grass, of which he gave me a copy of the new edition, just published, and containing a characteristic letter of his in answer to Emerson, printed some time since in 'the Tribune.' I am well rewarded for finding this extraordinary man, and shall see more of him before I leave N.Y." Alcott did indeed see more of him--he returned with Henry David Thoreau and had an interesting visit, during which Whitman gave Thoreau a copy of the book as well.

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Leaves of Grass; Two Rivulets.

WHITMAN, Walt.

Camden, NJ: , 1876. 2 works, octavo. Original cream half calf, blind patterned spines, light brown labels lettered in gilt, marbled boards, yellow endpapers. Housed in green linen chemises and dark green morocco-backed linen slipcases. 2 portraits in Leaves of Grass, albumen photograph frontispiece portrait in Two Rivulets. Some stripping of leather, spines rubbed and worn at extremities, joints split (boards of Two Rivulets holding on lower cords), spines of slipcases sunned with one of the chemises almost split; internally clean and complete with the terminal advertisement leaf in each volume. Signed copies of the Centennial edition (comprising the first edition, second printing of Two Rivulets, and fifth edition, third printing, second issue of Leaves of Grass), of which around 800 and 600 copies respectively were printed. The portrait of Whitman in Two Rivulets is signed and dated by the author; the title page of Leaves of Grass also signed by the author. In addition this copy includes an inscribed sheet (tipped to the front free endpaper) and inscribed in Whitman's bold and distinctive hand: "Centennial Ed'n Two Vols Leaves of Grass & Two Rivulets bound in half leather & Italian boards Containing Autograph Portraits (three from life) Personal Memoranda in Secession War & 'Democratic Vistas'". Whitman was personally involved in the printing of this Centennial Edition. "Leaves of Grass and Two Rivulets... formed a complex, multi-faceted centennial offering that provided trenchant commentary on the century-old country, mixing indictment and praise, offsetting despair at failures with hope for the future, and juxtaposing prose and poetry" (Folsom & Price, Re-Scripting Walt Whitman, p. 106).

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Leaves of grass; Two rivulets & photograph signed

WHITMAN, Walt

Camden, NJ: [n.p.], 1876. AUTHORS' EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF RIVULETS. With albumen photograph of Whitman as frontispiece, signed by the author on the photograph (his name and born May 31, 1918), and signed on the original yellow fly-leaf "Roden Noel, from the author." Two works offered together, uniformly bound by Bayntun in polished green calf, gilt-ruled covers, gilt spine with 2 spine labels. Both in exquisite condition, from the library of Louis E. Goodman with his bookplate in each volume. The author's edition. Six hundred copies of Leaves of grass were printed, most of which were signed by Whitman on the title page. This is the first edition, first issue of Two rivulets; the first printing consisted of only one hundred copies, and can be distinguished by the blank leaf in between As a strong bird on pinions free and Memoranda during the war. "On 2 May 1875, Whitman announced: 'I shall bring out a volume this summer, partly as my own contribution to our National Centennial. It is to be called Two Rivulets -- (i.e. two flowing chains of prose and verse, emanating the real and ideal)[.] It will embody much that I had previously written & that you know, but about one-third, as I guess, that is fresh'" (Myerson, 196). The book contains Two Rivulets, Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs-1876, As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free, Memoranda During the War and Passage to India. Roden Noel (1834-94) was a well-known English poet. The son of Noël, Lord Barham, afterwards Earl of Gainsborough, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he obtained his M.A. in 1858. He then spent two years traveling in the East. In 1863, he married Alice de Bro, daughter of the director of the Ottoman Bank in Beirut. Their third child, Eric, who died aged five, is commemorated in Roden Noël's best-known book of verse, A Little Child's Monument (1881).

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Leaves of Grass (Included in this Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman 1855.1888)

Whitman, Walt

SIGNED Limited Edition of 600 copies self published by Walt Whitman. A magnificent copy. This copy is SIGNED by Walt Whitman on the title page. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A superb copy SIGNED by the author. We buy SIGNED Walt Whitman First Editions.

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Leaves of Grass.

Whitman, Walt

Brooklyn, New York: Fowler and Wells, 1856. Rare second edition, one of a 1000 copies 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. Bookplate of Barrett Wendell to the inside panel. 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. In very good condition with some toning to the spine and overall light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. 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).

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Leaves of Grass (Included in this Complete Poems & Prose of Walt Whitman 1855.1888)

Whitman, Walt

SIGNED Limited Edition of 600 copies self published by Walt Whitman. A magnificent copy. This copy is SIGNED by Walt Whitman on the title page. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A superb copy SIGNED by the author.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

Whitman, Walt

Brooklyn, NY: [Published for the Author by Fowler and Wells], 1856. iv,[5]-384,[1]pp. Small octavo. Original dark grayish-green cloth, stamped in blind, spine decorated, and upper board lettered, in gilt. Portrait. Neatly rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down (slightly dull, and with shallow losses at crown and toe, with attendant strengthening to inner hinges), early pencil signature on free endsheet, followed by a neat ink paraph, same early, small ink last name in upper fore-corner of title, usual slight tanning to paper and a few formerly turned down corners, otherwise a very good copy. Folding cloth slipcase. Second edition (only printing), expanded by the addition of thirty-two poems, and the substantial collection of reviews and notices at the end, among them the letter of praise from Emerson (first published as a small promotional broadside, and excerpted here in the spine stamping as well). Myerson references John Burroughs, and Wells & Goldsmith, as the source for the determination that the edition consisted of one thousand copies, which sold quickly. Fowler and Wells declined to put their name on the title-page as publishers, but the terminal page of adverts records their participation. This edition "is quite a rarity and is seldom found in good condition" - Wells & Goldsmith. "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 & The Mind of Man. "He was and is the poet and prophet of democracy, and the intoxication of his immense affirmative, the fervor of his 'barbaric yawp,' are so powerful that the echo of his crude yet rhythmic song rings forever in the American air" - Grolier 100. BAL 21396 & 5225(n). MYERSON A2.2. WELLS & GOLDSMITH pp. 5-6. GROLIER AMERICAN HUNDRED 67. PRINTING & THE MIND OF MAN 340.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

Camden, New Jersey, 1876 SIGNED LIMITED EDITION of 600 copies SIGNED by Walt Whitman. This edition is known as the "Author's Edition" A magnificent copy. The book appears UNREAD. The binding is tight, with NO cocking or leaning. The boards are crisp with slight wear to the edges. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy in collector's edition SIGNED by the author on the title page. We buy SIGNED Whitman First Editions.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Walt Whitman. This author's edition has the two portrait plates of Whitman bound in the original 1/2 cream calf over marbled boards. A beautiful copy. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the spine. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy SIGNED by the author.

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, WALT

Boston: Thayer & Eldridge, 1860. Third Edition; printing 1 (BAL 21397- "probable sequence"); state 1 of the frontispiece portrait; BAL binding B (no sequence established, but binding A was issued in wrappers for reviewers). A much better than usual copy, easily exceptional, with only slight foxing, wear and shaking; tiny, contemporary bookseller’s label on the upper corner of the front free endpaper; the very bottom of the front hinge has started; in a custom clamshell box. The publisher quickly sold out the first printing, producing a second before going bankrupt. These plates enjoyed a life far beyond that of their original owner, employed in many unauthorized printings before their eventual purchase and retirement by Whitman’s estate.

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Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman

Philadelphia: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860. 3rd Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 1st Printing 1 Copyright date is 1860-1861 First printing Thayer and Eldridge, 1860-1861. Third edition. 12mo. Original orange cloth, stamped in blind and in gilt, beveled edges. BAL 21397, first printing, third state of the portrait, binding state C. Original orange cloth, beveled covers, sides blind stamped, spine gilt and blind stamped; edge wear, corners bumped and rubbed, spine ends frayed - but bands intact. Gray-tan endpapers, fly leaves present. Frontispiece portrait. Light foxing at front and back - including to portrait and title-page, a few signatures just sprung. Hinges starting to crack. Book-plate (ca. 1920s) on front free endpaper recto, bookseller's ink stamp on front paste-down. BAL 21397, first printing, 3rd state of the portrait, binding state C. third edition, but first containing the calamus love poems

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, WALT

Philadelphia: Rees Welsh & Co., 1882. BAL 21419; identifying this edition as largely a reprint of the Boston 1881-82 edition (the publisher of which, Osgood, gave up issuing the book under pressure from the Massachusetts Attorney General), but incorporating a number of changes (at least 16 are identified). This publisher, under the direction of a young David McKay, ignored the legal threat, producing four printings of this edition before the plates were issued under McKay’s own imprint. These Rees Welsh printings are indistinguishable. Inscribed by Whitman on the first blank, “J. William Thompson from the author.” The recipient, a London lawyer, was a correspondent of Whitman, who, at least on one occasion, ordered some books directly from the often self-published author. Some cloth wear and soiling; overall, a very good copy.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

David McKay, 1891-92. Hardcover. Fine. An excellent copy of the 1892 best and complete edition of "Leaves of Grass" was described by Whitman as "by far his special and entire self-chosen poetic utterance." [NY Herald] Referred to as the 'Deathbed edition', it was published just two months prior to Whitman's death. From an initial publication of 12 poems, 35-40 years and 4-8 expanded publications of his poetry, this book is the capstone with nearly 400 poems spanning every aspect of his life. Upon its publication, Walt Whitman wished "respectfully to notify the public that… 'Leaves of Grass'… is now completed… and he would like this new 1892 edition to absolutely supersede all previous ones…" [NY Herald] This edition carries the word 'complete' on the spine of the book further identifying the publication. very fine copy of the 1892 best and complete edition of "Leaves of Grass" was described by Whitman as "by far his special and entire self-chosen poetic utterance." [NY Herald] Referred to as the 'Deathbed edition', it was published just two months prior to Whitman's death. From an initial publication of 12 poems, 35-40 years and 4-8 expanded publications of his poetry, this book is the capstone with nearly 400 poems spanning every aspect of his life. Upon its publication, Walt Whitman wished "respectfully to notify the public that… 'Leaves of Grass'… is now completed… and he would like this new 1892 edition to absolutely supersede all previous ones…" [NY Herald] This edition carries the word 'complete' on the spine of the book further identifying the publication. The book is in Fine condition, though both front and back hinges have required reinforcement. Green cloth; gold top edge of pages. A valuable, and desirable, book for any library. 1ST EDITION.

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LEAVES OF GRASS.

Whitman Walt

Washington, DC: Walt Whitman, 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

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, Walt

WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Original cloth. Washington, D.C., 1872. BAL 21407. Contains the 1871 edition of LEAVES OF GRASS, and PASSAGE TO INDIA, 1871, with revisions and alterations. Cloth rubbed, edges worn. Overall very good. In a morocco and marbled paper clamshell box. This particular volume contains an original 3" x 5" photograph of Walt Whitman, not called for in the bibliographical description of the book, pasted in as a frontispiece. The photo was taken by George C. Potter in 1871(?) and was used to produce a well-known engraving of Whitman by Linton.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

New York: Random House, Inc. , 1930. Folio. Original wooden boards with quarter red morocco spine with 5 thick raised bands and bold black stamped lettering to the spine, with the publication date stamped at spine foot. 400 copies printed by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, San Francisco. With woodcuts by Valenti Angelo. This copy is number 50 of 400. Some light staining to the spine and rubbing to the bands, with light wear to the leather at spine foot. A few light scratches to the boards and lightly nicked corners. The contents clean and the binding is tight and square. Remains a very good copy of this now rare and desireable Grabhorn press edition of Whitman's poems. Stunning production. . Hardcover. Very Good.

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, WALT

Boston: Thayer & Eldridge, 1860. Third Edition; printing 1 (BAL 21397- "probable sequence"); state 1 of the frontispiece portrait; binding B (no sequence established, but binding A was issued in wrappers for reviewers, and therefore those copies might have been issued prior to printed sheets being sent to the binder, or perhaps the publisher restricted the additional and considerable expense of binding to those paying for it). Pencil ownership inscription on the first blank; splitting and worn newspaper clipping regarding a Whitman reading pasted inside the front cover; a little shaken; slightly closer to very good than good. The publisher quickly sold out the first printing and produced a second before going bankrupt. These plates enjoyed a life far beyond that of their original owner, used in many unauthorized (“pirate”) printings before their eventual purchase and retirement by Whitman’s estate.

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Leaves of Grass.

Whitman, Walt.

David McKay, Philadelphia: 1884. Seventh Edition, Eleventh Printing. Inked name and place to front free endpaper, front hinge expertly restored, a few light spots and minor rubbing, very good to near fine in custom mylar cover and custom modern slipcase. Inscribed on the front free fly-leaf: "William Ware, from the author, May 21, 1886" and signed by the author on the title page. Myerson: Walt Whitman, a Descriptive Bibliography, A2.7k.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

WHITMAN, Walt (Edward WESTON)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1942. Hardcover. Tasteful bookplate on each front pastedown. Just a touch of wear to the spine tips. About Fine in a Near Fine slipcase with faint dampstaining to the edge of one side. Uncommon in this condition. Edward Weston. Two slim, tall quarto (9" x 12") volumes bound in imitation vellum reproducing in dark grass-green ink a photograph by Edward Weston who has illustrated the volume with 49 photographs specially commissioned for this book and made into exquisitely clear half-tones printed on coated paper. Each spine has a leather label with the title stamped in gilt. With an introduction by Mark Van Doren. Copy #1047 of 1500 SIGNED by the photographer on the colophon page. A masterpiece of the modern photographically illustrated book.

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, WALT

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1942. Two volumes in green illustrated cloth with gilt lettered spine labels. Housed in brown cloth slipcase. Edition limited to 1500 copies signed by the photographer. This is copy #1331. Some slight wear to corners o/w fine copies in mildly worn slipcase. Beautifully produced book for it's day with great black white phots by Weston. Scarce in this condition.. Signed By the Photographer. 1st of This Edition. Cloth. Near Fine. Illus. by Edward Weston. Quarto.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

Whitman, Walt

Boston: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860-61. Third Edition. Presumed third (first unauthorized) printing [1880]. Octavo (19.25cm); Myerson's Binding A, in deep purplish-red pebble-grain cloth, with titling and decorations stamped in gilt and in blind to spine and front covers; pale yellow endpapers; frontispiece portrait of Whitman is in Form 3 (priority undetermined), signed in plate "S A Schoff" on plain white background; iv,5-456,[2]pp; illus. Pinpoint wear to spine ends, subtle toning to title page (from attendant tissue guard), else a fresh, Fine copy, with the spine gilt quite vibrant, and without fading to the cloth. An exceptional copy of Whitman's most enduring work. Myerson A2.3.c.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

WHITMAN, Walt (Edward WESTON)

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1942. Hardcover. Very minor wear to the spine tips and corners. Near Fine, lacking the slipcase. Edward Weston. Two slim, tall quarto (9" x 12") volumes bound in imitation vellum reproducing in dark grass-green ink a photograph by Edward Weston who has illustrated the volume with 49 photographs specially commissioned for this book and made into exquisitely clear half-tones printed on coated paper. Each spine has a leather label with the title stamped in gilt. With an introduction by Mark Van Doren. Copy #12 of 1500 SIGNED by the photographer on the colophon page. A masterpiece of the modern photographically illustrated book.

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, Walt

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1942. Limited. hardcover. near fine. Edward Weston. Frontispiece, illustrated with black and white photographs by Edward Weston. Introduction by Mark Van Doren. 2 volumes, large slim 4to, pictorial boards with brown leather labels on spine, (tops of spine lightly worn), brown cloth slipcase. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1941. Near fine. Limited Edition, signed by Edward Weston.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman Walt

Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1881. Hardcover. Good. (Copyright 1881 / By Walt Whitman / All rights reserved). 8vo., 382 pages. -- Hinges weak, water stain to spine, spine tips moderately rubbed. -- Signed, "Frank Keck from Walt Whitman Nov. 2 1881". -- Condition:.

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LEAVES OF GRASS [INCLUDES "SONGS BEFORE PARTING"]

Walt Whitman

New York: [William E. Chapin], 1867. Fourth Edition, Second Issue. Half Leather. Very Good binding. The Fourth Edition, presumed Second Issue, of Leaves of Grass with all of the points according to Myerson. Bound in half black leather with red, orange, blue, and white nonpareil (or combed) marbled paper covered sides. The spine has double rules and the title, blindstamped and goldstamped respectively, and is still in very presentable condition. Discreet repair to the top of the spine effecting the uppermost double rule. The contents page incorrectly lists Drum-Taps in addition to Leaves of Grass and "Songs Before Parting", as called for by Myerson. The copy was lacking its front free endpaper, and a sympathetic period endsheet has been archivally hinged in. All edges trimmed and marbled with the same pattern as the paper-covered boards. There is minor wear to the edges of the binding, as well as some rubbing to the marbled paper boards. A section of loss to the front pastedown has been patched with japanese tissue. The title page has a contemporary gift inscription. (BAL 21399 | Myerson A 2.4.a). Very Good binding.

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Leaves of Grass; With an Introduction Written by Mark van Doren and Photographs Made by Edward Weston . .

Whitman, Walt

New York: Limited Editions Club, 1942. First edition thus. Spine ends show some wear, otherwise fine in original plastic jackets (reinforced with cellotape), and rubbed slipcase, worn at upper joints.. Weston, Edward. 2 vols., 4tos, xxix + 264pp + index; original decorative boards with leather spine labels; slipcase. Limited to 1500 copies, signed by Weston at the colophon in Volume 2. The 49 photographs by Weston were specially commissioned for this publication, for which he conducted an "extensive tour of democratic America."

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Leaves of Grass: 1855: Facsimile Edition

Whitman, Walt

Portland, Maine: Thomas Bird Mosher. Very Good to Near Fine. 1919. Facsimile.. Hard Cover. Signed by Publisher Limited to 50 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 .

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Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition: Bold-faced Thoughts on the Power and Pleasure of Self-expression

Whitman, Walt

Sterling Innovation. FLEXIBOUND. B005Q8RSTC signs of little wear on the cover. . Very Good.

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Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition: Bold-faced Thoughts on the Power and Pleasure of Self-expression

Whitman, Walt

Sterling Innovation. FLEXIBOUND. B005Q8RSTC Remainder mark . Fine.

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Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition: Bold-faced Thoughts on the Power and Pleasure of Self-expression

Whitman, Walt

Sterling Innovation. FLEXIBOUND. B005Q8RSTC Remainder mark . Fine.

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Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition: Bold-faced Thoughts on the Power and Pleasure of Self-expression

Whitman, Walt

Sterling Innovation. FLEXIBOUND. B005Q8RSTC Minor shelf wear . Very Good.

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Leaves of Grass

WHITMAN, WALT

Washington, D.C.: no publisher, 1872. BAL 21407. Published anonymously. Bound with the 1872 edition of Passage to India. This edition corrects various errors in the 1871 editions of both, and adds a poem to the second title not included in its earlier printing. Publisher’s cloth; bubbled; some wear; minor page stains; good to very good.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

Thayer and Eldridge, 1860 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.. 3rd Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

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LEAVES OF GRASS [INCLUDES "SONGS BEFORE PARTING"]

Walt Whitman

New York: [William E. Chapin], 1867. Fourth Edition, Second Issue. Half Leather. Fair binding. The Fourth Edition, presumed Second Issue, of Leaves of Grass with all of the points according to Myerson. The contents page incorrectly lists Drum-Taps in addition to Leaves of Grass and "Songs Before Parting", as called for by Myerson. Scattered markings in pencil to the text, poem on the verso of the 'Inscription' page, and slight dampstaining to the bottom edge of the title page and copyright page. Bound in half black leather with red, orange, blue, and white nonpareil (or combed) marbled paper covered boards. Blindstamped double rules and gold stamped titling on the spine. Loss to the top of the spine and wear along the joints, edges of the boards, and rubbing to the marbled paper. Original marbled endpapers. All edges marbled, now faded. Binding is tight, although appears quite rough. (BAL 21399 | Myerson A 2.4.a). Fair binding.

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Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition

Whitman, Walt

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. PAPERBACK. 1456406051 Very Good Condition. Has some wear. Five star seller - Buy with confidence! . Very Good.

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Leaves of Grass The Original 1855 Edition

Whitman, Walt

Fine. Like New condition. 100% guaranteed. 071419

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Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman

Vintage, 1992-02-18. Paperback. Used:Good.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

Philadelphia: David McKay, Publisher, 1892. Very Good+. Deathbed Edition. 438 pp. with author portrait at p. 29 with intact tissue guard. Original green cloth, top edge gilt. BAL 21441: Printing 2, Binding C. (No cancels. Author's name in facsimile autograph on spine.) Very Good+ with front and rear hinges a little free, corners bumped. Cloth has small scratch to front, tiny dent on back cover, rubbed and very lightly worn at head and tail. A very nice copy. Whitman's final arrangement of his magnum opus including "Sands At Seventy," "Goodbye My Fancy," and ''A Backward Glance O'Er Travel'D Roads.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

Whitman, Walt

0 . (Hanna, Boyd)illus. LEAVES OF GRASS by Walt Whitman. Peter Pauper Press, Mt. Vernon, NY. Not dated, but 1950. Folio, Brown morocco over paper-covered boards with grass pattern, with gilt-lettered spine slipcase, 400pp., illustrated with 16 full-page color wood-engravings by Boyd Hanna. An unnumbered (out of series) copy from the edition of 1100. A luxuriously produced edition, printed on fine paper, and with handsome typography. Perhaps the most beautiful of the many editions of Whitman's book. Fine, slipcase shows some edgewear, but still Very Good. Boyd Hanna, 1907-1987, was born in Pennsylvania and studied at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Walt

Boston: Thayer and Eldridge; Richard Worthington pirated edition, 1880?, 1880. Third edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. A Worthington piracy of the 1860 third edition variant of Leaves of Grass, with the frontispiece portrait of Whitman (an engraving by Stephen Alonzo Schoff from an oil painting portrait by Charles Hine). Dated on the title page of the third edition ("Year 85 of the States"). The poems are arranged in 7 "clusters": Chants Democratic and Native American, with an introductory poem "Apostrophe"; 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, this is the edition in which Whitman introduced clusters celebrating homosexual love: "Enfans d'Adam," which would become "Children of Adam," and "Calamus," the controversial clusters celebrating heterosexual and homosexual love" 8vo, iv, 456pp. Maroon textured gilt cloth, beveled edges, blind stamped with a butterfly and the author's name on the spine; and the title and a design on the front and back boards. Spine tips expertly restored. According to BAL 21397, the copies lacking the printer's and stereotyper's imprints (as in this copy) on the copyright page were probably published after 1879. Bright, clean copy.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

Whitman, Walt

Thayer and Eldridge. 1860-61, 1860-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good. 1860 Thayer & Eldridge pebbled cloth boards blind stamped front and rear binding slightly shaken, tissue guarded frontis, small tear to cloth head and toe of spine. 456 pages. Lacks the printer's and stereotyper's imprints indicating a Richard Worthington pirated edition. Please email for photos.

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LEAVES OF GRASS.

Whitman, Walt.

Pages 404 pp.Folio. Decorated paper over boards, brown morocco leather spine. Top edge gilt. In slipcase. Limited edition of 1100 copies. Wood engravings by Boyd Hanna. Tiny bit of wear to spine. Else in fine condition. Some wear & soiling to box.

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