CALAMUS: LETTERS TO PETER DOYLE, by Walt Whitman; Burke (ed) - 1897 [1st Ed]


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USED: with wear to edges. Inside is clean except for aging, ex libris markings and gift inscription. AS IS. Please see description and photos for more information. More detailed photos are available in the description.

1897 CALAMUS: LETTERS TO PETER DOYLE Walt Whitman Bucke 1st Edition GLBT Romance

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Calamus: A Series of Letters Written During the Years 1868-1880 by Walt Whitman to a Young Friend (Peter Doyle)

by Walt Whitman

edited by Richard Maurice Bucke, M.D., One of Whitman's Literary Executors

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist who is often ranked as his country's most influential poet. For many years he was openly involved with a younger man Peter Doyle (1843-1907). After Whitman passed, Doyle permitted his correspondence with the famous American poet to be published, along with a personal interview about their remarkable relationship. Peter Doyle is generally considered to have been a significant muse for quite a bit of Whitman's writing. This is their personal correspondence. 173 pages. 5.25 x 7.25 inches.

Presumed First Edition published by Laurens Maynard, Boston. 1897

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.

  • Binding is secure.
  • Boards are overall clean with rubbed perimeters.
  • Front hinge has a little play in it.
  • Ex-library, with broad black shelving notation near tail of spine, and evidence of removed stickers from front and back pastedown.
  • 1897 dated gift inscription on front flyleaf.
  • Pages are gently toned with rare scattered foxing.
  • Back pastedown has some browning and residual glue.
  • Text block edges are dusty, with thumbing along fore edge.
  • Top edge of text block has green ink.
  • Spine shows some darkening, and spine ends are stiff but with wear.
  • First 4 pages were professionally and seamlessly reattached to binding.
  • Pages are free of marginalia, underlining and intentional marks.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • CR20151104

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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Binding: Hardcover
Subject: Biography & Autobiography
Topic: Poetry
Year Printed: 18970000
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Origin: American
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
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