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