Rare books by Walt Whitman, including first editions and signed first edition copies of The Leaves of Grass.

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  1. Leaves of Grass.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.

    Brooklyn, NY : 1855

    First edition, first state binding. The first edition of Leaves of Grass was self-published by Whitman. His money ran tight as production continued and the bindings became progressively less elaborate. Only 337 copies were bound in the deluxe first binding with gilt border, edges gilt and marbled endpapers, as here. A total of 795 copies were eventually... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143598

  2. Drum-Taps.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Drum-Taps.

    Washington : 1865-66

    First edition, second issue, the first edition sheets of Drum-Taps expanded with the Sequel, and bound and issued together.

    Drum-Taps was Whitman's collection of poetry based on his experiences in the American Civil War, and marked a significant shift in his career. "Drum-Taps, of course, stands among the nation's finest poems" (ANB). Initially... Learn More

    Stock Code: 149452

  3. Poems.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Poems.

    London : 1868

    First UK edition, first issue, of Whitman's "Leaves of Grass", here named Poems, which "gave Whitman his first British readership" (ODNB).

    Whitman made several revisions to the poems for this edition, and unusually allowed his work to be edited. However, the editor William Michael Rossetti felt that much of Whitman's corpus was too radical for... Learn More

    Stock Code: 148081

  4. After All, Not to Create Only.
    WHITMAN, Walt. After All, Not to Create Only.

    Boston : 1871

    First published edition, a fresh copy, the gilt roundel particularly prone to rubbing and here almost unblemished.

    A private printing of 12 pages, recorded by Whitman as printed in 16 copies, preceded this first edition. Various bindings colours are known, this copy in the remainder binding from after 1889 (firm rather than flexible boards, bevelled... Learn More

    Stock Code: 149439

  5. Leaves of Grass; Two Rivulets.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass; Two Rivulets.

    Camden, NJ : 1876

    Signed copies of the Centennial edition (comprising the first edition, second printing of Two Rivulets, and fifth edition, third printing, second issue of Leaves of Grass), of which around 800 and 600 copies respectively were printed. The portrait of Whitman in Two Rivulets is signed and dated by the author; the title page of Leaves of Grass also signed... Learn More

    Stock Code: 92921

  6. Good-Bye My Fancy.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Good-Bye My Fancy.

    Philadelphia : 1891

    First edition, sole printing, in BAL binding variant D (occasionally noted as a large paper variant) with the frontispiece without the caption as called for in style 1 by Myerson. 1,000 copies of this separate issue of Whitman's "annex to Leaves of Grass" were printed in May 1891. Learn More

    Stock Code: 118775

  7. Ode a la France.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Ode a la France.

    Paris : 1917

    First separate edition, first printing, one of 556 copies only, of this translation of Whitman's poem "O Star of France" dated 1870-71, which was first published in Leaves of Grass. Combet-Descombes's illustrations evoke the landscapes of the war-torn country after the Franco-Prussian War of July 1870 - May 1871, which marked the end of French hegemony... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140650

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