Leaves of Grass

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.

[Book #35179P]

Price: $3,000.00

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