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Walt Whitman
LEAVES OF GRASS by Walt Whitman; Thayer & Eldridge 1860-61; Rare Edition
Thayer and Eldridge. LEAVES OF GRASS by Walt Whitman; Thayer & Eldridge 1860-61 Boston 1860; Rare Edition. Hardcover, 7.5 x 5.5 inches, bound in pebbled maroon cloth with beveled edge and gilt lettering on spine which is still vibrant. 456 pages. Pale yellow end papers; Frontispiece portrait of Whitman with tissue. An exceptional copy of Whitman's most enduring work. Some signatures loose. Please see photos. Send email with any questions. The frontispiece engraving, signed "S.A. Schoff" in plate, made by Stephen Alonzo Schoff from an oil painting portrait by Charles Hine. Whitman added line drawings to the texts, among them the butterfly rising from the poet's hand, a metaphor for the uplifting of the reader's spirit he hoped to accomplish. Note Whitman's deliberate addition after the publication date: "Year 85 of The States," an exhortation to keep that history going, especially in the face of national dissolution. Although Whitman had simplified the cover design, he still experimented with fonts: Note the thin loops attached to letters on the title page, which were meant to resemble human sperm, a continuation of the procreative energy emanating from the cover of the first edition. The author's name continues to be absent from the title page but is embossed on spine. All sales benefit our community library. Payment by PayPal. Shipped with USPS Media Mail.
Bookseller: folbooks [Orinda, California, United States]
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