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    A Superb Set, One of Only Ten with an
    Autograph Letter Signed by Whitman

    Walt Whitman. The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1902. Author's Autograph Edition, one of ten sets printed on Japan Vellum and signed by the publisher in each volume (this is copy number 10). Additionally, this edition was issued with a mounted Autograph Letter, Signed, with a notarized certificate of authenticity issued by the publisher:

    "Camden Nov. 17 [?] / My friends / As I see the proof corrections sent by me to the "Eminent Visitors" are not made, I infer that my letter miscarried - I sent it (in your red printed [two words superscripted] envelope forwarded me [two words subscripted]) last Monday morning. I requested in it that you let me have twenty printed slips of the article with a headline From the Critic, New York, Nov. 17, 1883. at top - if the type is distributed, & I cannot therefore have the slips, I would like twelve copies of the paper. / Walt Whitman"

    Beautifully bound by the publisher in contemporary full green levant morocco, boards ruled and paneled in gilt, with gilt floral motifs and twelve red morocco gilt floral onlays, spines ruled and paneled in gilt in compartments with four red morocco gilt floral onlays in compartments, five raised bands, gilt turn-ins and gilt-stamped brown levant morocco doublures and brown watered silk liners. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Spines uniformly sunned to light brown, bindings slightly rubbed, some soiling to Whitman letter and the mount at the top portion, the second gutter in volume I is cracked. Despite these flaws, this is a superb example of a rare set in a sumptuous binding.

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