Limited to Ten Sets with an Autograph Letter Signed by Walt Whitman

    Walt Whitman. The Complete Writings of Walt Whitman. New York: G. Putnam's Sons / Knickerbocker Press, 1902.

    Author's Autograph Edition, number 8 of 10 limited edition numbered sets, each signed by the publisher. Includes an outstanding Autograph Letter Signed by Walt Whitman. Ten quarto volumes. Japanese vellum paper. All frontispieces and illustrated plates in three states, printed on various types of paper. Notarized certificate tipped-in which testifies to the authenticity of the tipped-in signed Walt Whitman letter.

    Lavishly bound in green morocco with gilt-stamped decorations to front and rear boards, with inlayed leather floral designs. Raised bands. Gilt lettering and designs to the spines. Top edges gilt. Interior doublures. Crimson velvet endsheets. Bookplates from previous owner. Some very minor bumping and rubbing to corners and head and foot of spines. A bright and tight set in near fine condition.

    The BAL does not list this, G. Putnam's Sons Author's Autograph Edition, only the Author's Manuscript Edition, Collector's Camden Edition, Paumanok Edition, and the Book-Lover's Camden Edition, all with significantly larger limitations. The tipped in letter is to Jeanette Gilder, the editor of the Critic, a literary magazine which featured works by Whitman. In closing, Whitman asks Ms. Gilder to pass on his good wishes to her brothers, Joseph B. Gilder and Richard Watson Gilder. The letter is quite legible, and Walt Whitman's signature is written in a sure, firm hand. An incredibly scarce item in outstanding condition.

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