First Edition of Walt Whitman's Poetic Debut[Walt Whitman]. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn New York: 1855. First edition, second issue. Copyright notice printed in two lines on verso of title page. Page iv, column 2, line 4: "cities and". First state of Whitman portrait frontispiece printed on sheet of heavy paper. , [8, press notices and reviews], frontispiece, [i]-xii, - 95 pages, [1, blank]. Approximately 11 x 7.75 inches. Illustrated bookplate on front pastedown: "Ex Libris A. Edward Newton Oak Knoll", dated 1909 in corners.
Bound in blind stamped green cloth with gilt rustic lettered title on upper board, gilt title on spine. (Binding B). Rebacked with original spine laid down.
Binding lightly rubbed, corners bumped. Front pastedown with partially erased pencil notes, small chips to endpapers. Dampstain across the upper border from first front fly-leaf to numbered page v, including frontispiece and title page, from the upper margin into (at its largest) the first seven lines of text in the front press notices and reviews section, just into the upper background of the frontispiece's engraved imprint area and across the last letters of "Leaves" in the title page. Title page with small edge tears and tiny chips. Page 27/28 with an approximately ten inch diagonal bend from the top of the gutter into the text; dust shadows in the upper and outer margins, small archival tape repairs on outer margin of page 28. Following leaf with lighter dust shadows, small edge tears and few minor paper chips. Light upper corner bends in leaves 33/34, /58, and 89/90. Lower corner bends in 43/44, /66, 75/76, and 81/82. Pages in general with light edge wear, some small edge tears, occasional small corner bends. Foxing, heavier on front matter, and occasional small stains.
Housed in a custom half morocco book-style clamshell box with five raised bands, gilt stamped title, author, "Second Issue", ornamental devices and year in compartments. Box rubbed, front joint of book box has been repaired with loss of the "e" in "Issue" and the "n" in "Whitman"
Overall a very good copy of Whitman's masterpiece.
BAL 21395, Myerson, A 2.I.a
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