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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On Jul 2, 2017, Anonymous said:

Just found a copy of this rare book at a local thrift store. Good shape but binding needs help. Great masterful work of Whitman.

On May 15, 2016, a reader said:

Registered for copyright on 11 September 1856, the second edition of Leaves of Grass resulted from the continued surge of creativity that produced the first edition. The title page does not bear the author's name, but the verso page copyright is assigned to Walt Whitman (cf. Walter Whitman in the first edition). The little volume is bound in olive-green cloth; its front cover is blindstamped with leaves and berries and goldstamped "Leaves of Grass"; its back cover (without goldstamping) is identical. The spine is goldstamped with the title, leaf designs, and "I Greet You at the / Beginning of A / Great Career / R.W. Emerson." Unlike the slim outsized format of the first edition, this thick, squat volume measures approximately 6 2/3 by 3 3/16 inches and looks "like a fat hymn book" (Allen, Introduction xvi). The poems are set in well-leaded ten-point type, so that Whitman's characteristically long lines tend to overflow, sometimes three or four times. The New York Tribune advertised the one-dollar volume as "handy for pocket, table, or shelf" (Stern 121), so that when Whitman (in "Whoever You are Holding Me Now in Hand") challenges the reader to "carry me" "beneath your clothing," in breast or hip pocket, he imagines this volume as the embodiment of himself. The volume's frontispiece is a photograph of Whitman in the "carpenter" pose. Its 32 numbered poems, including all 12 carried over from the first edition, are for the first time given titles. They are followed by "Leaves-Droppings," consisting of Emerson's encouraging but private 21 July 1855 letter of praise (previously reprinted in the 10 October 1855 New York Tribune and tipped into some late issues of the first edition); Whitman's "dear Friend and Master" reply, in effect, a prose essay; and "Opinions, 1855–56"—nine favorable and unfavorable reviews, including two anonymous self-reviews. Despite its artistic merit, the volume was Whitman's greatest publishing failure. Its factual but unacknowledged publishers were Fowler and Wells, distributors of books and periodicals on phrenology, health reforms, and occasionally, belles lettres, to whose weekly Life Illustrated Whitman was then a contributor. Although reluctant to print the work, the firm advertised on 16 August in the same periodical that it was the principal distributor for this "neat pocket volume" in a stereotyped edition of 1,000 copies: "The author is still his own publisher, and Messrs. Fowler and Wells will again be his agents for the sale of the work" (qtd. in Stern 119). Despite Whitman's boast to Emerson that "these thirty-two Poems I stereotype to print several thousand copies of" (Comprehensive 730), sales were even poorer than those for the first edition; copies are now quite rare. Readers were embarrassed by such overtly sexual poems as "Spontaneous Me" and "A Woman Waits for Me," by the author's self-promotion, and by his unauthorized appropriation of Emerson's letter. Thus The Christian Examiner attacked the "foul work" ("Impious" 62) for its "pantheism and libidinousness" and its "self-applause" (63). Relations soured between poet and publisher. In 1857, when Whitman had 100 poems ready for the press, he declared that "Fowler & Wells are bad persons for me.—They retard my book very much" (Correspondence 1:44). This edition is more programmatic than its predecessor. In a notebook jotting, Whitman defines the "Idea to pervade" the book as "Eligibility—I, you, any one . . . any being, no matter who" (Notebook 8). And in a characteristic mixture of semi-mystic populism and personal hauteur, he positions himself as the spokesman-poet of the American masses, telling Emerson that "A profound person can easily know more of the people than they know of themselves" (Comprehensive 733). His letter to Emerson—in effect an essay explaining his poetic intentions to the literary establishment in the critical 1856 election year—asserts that his poems are intended to unify the nation, "for the union of the parts of the body is not more necessary to this life than the union of These States is to their life" (Comprehensive 733). He proposes a new literature for America to inspire a free, democratic youth, aware of their singularity and their sexuality and destined to overcome personal and national corruption. Like the authors of Fowler and Wells's manuals of reform and personal advice—many of whose ideas are interwoven into Whitman's poems—the persona often appears as a fatherly or brotherly counselor in matters physical, personal, or spiritual. At times his prescriptive tone borders on the prosaic, even the banal, and dilutes the intensity of some of the new poems. But Whitman was attempting to enlarge the poet-reader relationship by projecting himself as "the general human personality" (Bucke 63). And Whitman's contemporaries often found this hortatory tone to be congenial. Of this edition, Thoreau (while troubled by the edition's sensuality and its mixture of poetic wonders with "a thousand of brick") declared: "I do not believe that all the sermons, so-called, that have been preached in this land put together are equal to it for preaching" (Thoreau 68). With the 1856 edition Whitman began his lifelong practice of adding new poems, reworking previously published poems, and reordering poems into different groupings. Thus the dozen poems of the first edition are here distributed in the following sequence: 1, 4, 32, 26, 7, 27, 19, 16, 22, 25, 29, and 6, beginning with "Song of Myself," here called "Poem of Walt Whitman, an American." He added, deleted, and combined lines. For example, he deleted the two-line curse against those who defile the human body at the end of the 1855 "I Sing the Body Electric" and added a 36-line quasi-anatomical catalogue. He also began the practice of removing over-used conjunctions and abandoned the idiosyncratic but rhetorically effective combination of dots, dashes, and conventional punctuation of the first edition in favor of a more standardized system. The 1856 edition is more than an update; it is, in effect, a new work. Despite some poetic lapses, it is probably the most effectively designed of the six editions, and it is poetically dazzling. Its most impressive cluster of new poems, numbered 8 through 13, includes the following. The massive "By Blue Ontario's Shore," largely cannibalized from the 1855 prose Preface, is a paean to the present and future greatness of Americans ("It is I who am great, or to be great—it is you, or any one" [section 15]) and to the superb Whitman persona, the "equable," profound interpreter of the world and its symbols. "This Compost" evokes the persona's emotional interplay between his fear of death and his faith in the perpetuation of life. The short poem "To You [whoever you are]" is the persona's comradely outreach to his downtrodden fellows. "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," with its stunning coloration and its musical and philosophical subtleties—the undisputed masterpiece of the second edition—pictures a deathless, empathic Whitman persona whose presence becomes palpable to generations of readers. "Song of the Open Road" presents the dynamic persona as a reader of the world's symbols proposing to lead the American masses out of their cramped existences into a continuum of transcendental selfhood. The group concludes with the sexually provocative "A Woman Waits for Me.''

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Philadelphia, PA: David McKay, 1900. hardcover. Condition is Very Good+, bound in 1/2 leather with marbled boards and end papers, with gilt titles and decorations at spine. Two bookplates inside front cover. Fading to color at spine. Owner gift inscription to second front end page in a graceful script. No markings to text. 8vo, 8 1/4"h x 5 3/4"w.… Read more
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LEAVES OF GRASS.

by Whitman, Walt.

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Maxwell's Bookmark
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Limited edition of 1100 copies.
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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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Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman

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Last Exit Books
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1919
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Good+
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E-128: D. Appleton & Company. Good+. 1919. Leather. Leather. 8vo. D. Appleton & Company, New York. No Date. [1919]. Centenary Edition. Three volumes in one. Includes Sands at Seventy, Good Bye My Fancy, Old Age Echoes, and A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads. 294, 323, 255 pgs. Illustrated with frontispiece. Bound by Riviere and Company green… Read more
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LEAVES OF GRASS - SEVENTH EDITION "BANNED IN BOSTON"

by Walt Whitman

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Andre Strong Bookseller
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1881-1882
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Very good
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Seventh edition, 3rd printing
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Boston MA: James R. Osgood and Co., 1881-1882. Seventh edition, 3rd printing. Hardcover. Very good. 5 x 7/12 inches. 382 pages. BAL 21418. Osgood printed 3 printings of this edition which was the first to include the "Sexuality Odes" this is the 3rd printing [C] (510 copies printed), 1881-1182 on title page. Banned by Boston DA as obscene,… Read more
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Leaves of Grass

by Whitman, Walt

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The Title Page ABAA
Published
1860
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Fair
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Third Edition, Third Printing
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Boston: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860. Bumped corners and some material loss at spine ends. 2 small insect holes at top of spine. 1" split at bottom of lower joint. Spine faded and covers splashed and rubbed. Hinges starting and book a bit shaken. Covers blindstamped with sunset on lower cover, butterfly on spine and… Read more
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Leaves of Grass

by Whitman, Walt

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Royoung bookseller, Inc.
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1943
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Half brown morocco and patterned boards in leaf motif, backstrip lettered in gilt. Near fine
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Mount Vernon: Peter Pauper Press, 1943. Hardcover. Half brown morocco and patterned boards in leaf motif, backstrip lettered in gilt. Near fine. 400 [3] pages. Folio, 37 x 25 cm. Limited edition, one of 1100, this copy out-of-series, unnumbered. Colored woodcuts by Boyd Hanna printed directly from the blocks, Waverley and Lydian fonts, mould-made paper by the Hurlburt… Read more
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Leaves of Grass: Facsimile Edition of the 1855 Text

by Whitman, Walt

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Clausen Books, RMABA
Published
1920
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Very Good+
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Facsimile Edition, Second Impression
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Portland, ME: Thomas Bird Mosher / William Francis Gable, 1920. one of 500 copies of the Facsimile Edition, Second Impression of 1920; previous owner's neatly penned signature on ffep, otherwise the textblock is very clean, unmarked and tight; binding slightly edge worn at the spine extremities, board edges and corners; spine titling slightly faded; Includes a memoriam composed by… Read more
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LEAVES OF GRASS

by Whitman, Walt

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First Folio
Published
1943
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Spine with some spotting, all else fine. In slipcase that is sound buit quite worn
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Limited to 1100 copies, this not numbererd
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Mount Vernon, NY: The Peter Pauper Press, 1943. Limited to 1100 copies, this not numbererd. Spine with some spotting, all else fine. In slipcase that is sound buit quite worn. Limited to 1100 copies, this not numbererd. Folio. 400p. [v]. Illustrated with two-color wood engravings by Boyd Hanna, printed directly from the blocks. Gilt-titled morocco spine over printed… Read more
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Leaves of Grass

by Whitman, Walt

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Walkabout Books
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Near fine
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Mount Vernon, NY: Peter Pauper Press. Hardcover. Near fine. Undated.Number 265 of a limited edition of 1100 copies printed on mould-made paper by the Hurlburt Paper Company, using Waverley and Lydian fonts. Folio. Beautifully illustrated with colored woodcuts by Boyd Hanna. List of Patrons and Sponsors for this edition printed at the end. Private ex-libris ink stamp on… Read more
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LEAVES OF GRASS

by Walt Whitman

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Kubik Fine Books Ltd, ABAA
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Limited Edition
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New York: The Heritage Press. Limited Edition. Leather. LIMITED EDITION SIGNED BY ROCKWELL KENT. A hardcover book bound in full green leather with gilt embellishments. The spine leather is chipped, rubbed, and generally crackly-looking. The binding is still sturdy and secure, and the text is unmarked. Comes in a green cloth slipcase. Limited edition; one of 1,000 copies signed… Read more
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Leaves of Grass.

by Whitman, Walt; Boyd Hanna, illustrator.

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Rodger Friedman Rare Book Studio
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n.d.
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Very Good
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Edition limited to 1,100 copies, of which this is copy #464.
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Mount Vernon: Peter Pauper Press, n.d.. Edition limited to 1,100 copies, of which this is copy #464.. Very Good. 37 cm; 400, [8] pages, and 15 full-color woodblock illustrations by Hanna. List of patrons at end. In 1/4 leather over decorated paper boards, preserved in original publisher's slipcase with paper label. Titled in gilt on… Read more
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Leaves of Grass

by Whitman, Walt

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The Title Page ABAA
Published
1882
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Fair
Edition
Reprint
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Philadelphia: Rees Welsh & Co., 1882. In original mustard cloth gilt. A reprint from slightly altered plates of the Boston, 1881-82, edition. (BAL 21419) Laid-in is an undated institutional ad, about 3x5", from Rees Welsh soliciting purchase of libraries or any collection of books. Spine ends crumpled, upper cover stained and with remnant of paper removal.… Read more
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Leaves of Grass

by Whitman, Walt

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Vera Enterprises LLC
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1888
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Very Good +
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Philadelphia: David McKay, 1888. Clean and bright in sound binding. VG+, gold stamped mustard cloth. Few tiny spots of wear to spine ends and to extreme corner tips at bottom corners of covers. Gilt top edge of text block, Deckle edges to fore and bottom edge of text block. Cloth covers very lightly rubbed. Gold stamping is clear, distinct and… Read more
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Leaves of Grass

by WHITMAN, Walt

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Argosy Book Store
Published
1882
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very good
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Boston: Thayer & Eldridge, 1882. hardcover. very good. Engraved portrait frontispiece. 8vo , publisher's purple-brown pebbled cloth; beveled edges (light wear); title page partly detached. Boston: Thayer & Eldridge. Year 85 of the States (1860-61).<br/><br/> This is the spurious third edition, published by Richard Worthington in 1879 & after, lacking publisher's imprint.<br/><br/>
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LEAVES OF GRASS

by Whitman, Walt

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Green Gate Farm Antiquarian Books
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Philadelphia: David McKay, (1900). Octavo. An octavo, 438 pages, bound in original forest green cloth with gilt titles on spine. There is some rubbing and wear to the binding as well as a few places of discoloration but overall this remains a nice bright copy of the "Death Bed Edition". Contains First and Second Annex as well as " A… Read more
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Leaves of Grass

by Whitman, Walt

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The Title Page ABAA
Published
1888
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Good
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First Thus
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Philadelphia: David McKay, 1888. Original mustard cloth with gilt titling, rules and decoration. TEG, other edges untrimmed. Glassine very good with minor chipping at edges. Published in 1888 with the "Annex...Sands at Seventy" following p. 382. 404 pgs. Spine ends crumpled, overall shelfwear and soiling of cloth. Ffep detached but present. Attaced to front pastedown… Read more
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Leaves of Grass

by Whitman, Walt

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Weller Book Works ABAA/ILAB
Published
1931
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Fair
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Aventine Press, 1931. Fair. Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. New York: Aventine Press, 1931. 580pp. 8vo. Book condition: Fair with rubbed edges, front board detached, rear joint split at ends and hinge cracked but holding, top label on spine has a small hole in center affecting text, and loss to bottom label with remains at top and right… Read more
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cover of Leaves of Grass; Including a Fac-simile Autobiography Variorum Readings of the Poems and a Department of Gathered Leaves

Leaves of Grass; Including a Fac-simile Autobiography Variorum Readings of the Poems and a Department of Gathered Leaves

by Whitman, Walt

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Dale Steffey Books
Published
1900
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Very Good
Edition
New Edition
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£252.18

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Philadelphia: David McKay, 1900. This edition SCARCE. Photographic frontispiece, 2-page facsimile, numerous illustrations. Publisher's original green decorated cloth gilt, top edge gilt. Very Good, end pages uniformly toned, lacking front blank end page, small rubs to cloth at tips, faint discoloration rear board, front hinge just starting. . Lovely turn of the century binding. . New Edition. Cloth. Very Good/No… Read more
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