LEAVES OF GRASS, by Walt Whitman - 1881 [author's copyright ed]

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Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman

Author's copyright edition. London: David Bogue, 1881.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.

  • Handsome antiquarian binding features green covers with gilt lettering, rounded spine and gilt along head.  
  • Covers display gentle edgewear with occasional small bumps, notably along fore edges, and exposed boards at corners, which are also mildly bumped. Shoulders are gently rubbed.
  • Boards show rare stains and scuffs, and are overall remarkably well preserved, with gilt still bright on front.
  • Spine features gilt lettering, and is sunned, with softening and rubbing of ends, as well as a 0.75" horizontal scuff to head. (See photos)
  • Binding is secure, and was possibly secured at an earlier date. Hinges have been expertly and professionally repaired and reinforced. See photo to view expert work!
  • Front endpaper shows a signature from previous owner along head edge. 
  • Interior is gently age-toned throughout, and is remarkably well preserved, with rare occasional spots and smudges.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Pages display some more pronounced toning along edges.
  • Textblock edges have gilt along head, and are deckled along foot and fore edges, displaying commensurate toning.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20190808

382 pages. 5.25 x 8.25 inches.

Volume features handsome antiquarian binding with bright gilt on front cover and rounded spine.

Leaves of Grass is part of a collection of poems published for the first time when Whitman was 36. He revised it, however, countless times throughout the rest of his career. It is considered a masterpiece not only in poetry, but also in American literature, and has been called one of the most important events in US literary history. Upon the appearance of the work Emerson penned the famous words addressed to Whitman: "I greet you at the beginning of a great career."

Includes a table of contents.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. He is considered one of the greatest figures in American literature, and his work marked the transition between transcendentalism and realism. A humanist in his work, he was controversial because of the overt sensuality of his writings, particularly in the present collection Leaves of Grass

EDITION: Stated Author's copyright edition.

PROVENANCE: previous owner signature on front endpaper. 


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