Leaves of Grass
New York: The Eakins Press, 1966. Facsimile edition. Folio, publisher's blindstamped green cloth, spine and upper board gilt, original gold-printed acetate dust jacket.
Fine press facsimile of the first edition of Leaves of Grass, a landmark in American literature. Whitman self-published the work (and famously set a few pages of type) in 1855, in an edition of 795 copies. The book was a failure with the public, though it was favorably received by Emerson, whom Whitman lionized and to whom he personally sent a copy. In addition to the text and elaborately designed binding of the first edition, the present facsimile reproduces Emerson's warm note to Whitman, which Whitman cannily had typeset and bound into unsold copies, along with eight pages of press notices (including one anonymously penned by him), and the iconic frontispiece portrait of the poet as a cocky young man. Publisher's notice laid in. In original slipcase. Fine. Item #6972