Item #6712 Leaves of Grass Imprints. Walt Whitman, and contributor.
Leaves of Grass Imprints.

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Leaves of Grass Imprints.

Boston: Thayer and Eldridge 1860. 24mo, original printed tan wrappers. 64 pp.

A rare promotional pamphlet for the third edition of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and for Whitman’s work more broadly, gathering favorable reviews of the first and second editions from the various publications in which they appeared. Myerson notes four contributions by Whitman, one of which first appeared in the 17 September 1856 Brooklyn Daily Times, the other three first appearing in the advertising supplement inserted in the first edition of Leaves of Grass. The contents of the “the New Electrotye Boston Edition” (i.e., the third edition) are listed on the inside of the front wrapper. Newspaper notices of the soon-to-be-released third edition are printed on the inside of the rear wrapper, and a publisher’s advertisement touting it as “one of the finest specimens of modern book making” appears on outside of the back wrapper. As noted on the front wrapper, Leaves of Grass Imprints was supplied “gratuitously” to “all persons disposed to commence the study of the Poems.”

REFERENCES: BAL Vol. 9, pp. 97-98; Myerson D4.

CONDITION: Good, some loss of paper at spine, upper edges of front and back wrapper separating, minor losses and creases at edges, contents very good.

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