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Carleton House
92 Malone Road
Belfast
BT9 5HP
Contact Peter Rowan
Telephone 02890 666448
Specialists Ireland, Irish History & Culture, Manuscripts, Maps, Literature, Economics, Sciences, History of Ideas, Travel, Rare Books in all fields (15th to 20th Centuries)
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Stand F02

A BEAUTIFUL COPY OF HIS "COMPLETE WORKS" SIGNED

WHITMAN, Walt]

Leaves of Grass. Author's Edition with Portraits from Life Camden, New Jersey: [printed for the author]: 1876 first edition thus of the "Autograph and Portrait Edition of Walt Whitman's Complete Works - 2 Volumes" 12mo. [4 (blank)], vi,(7)-384, [2 (blank)], [2 (Whitman's advertisement and a blank)], [2 (blank)]pp., 2 portrait plates, original half white leather with marbled paper on sides, spine with a tan morocco title label gilt (lettered "Leaves/ of/ Grass/ Ed'n 1876") and decorated with a blind lattice pattern in blind, yellow endpapers, slight foxing to fore edges, spine very slightly toned to a rich cream colour. A lovely fine fresh copy, boldly signed signed by Walt Whitman on the title page. .... [with] WHITMAN, Walt Two Rivulets Including Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs, and Passage to India. Author's Edition Camden, New Jersey; [printed for the author]: 1876 first edition 12mo. [4 (blank)], 32; [2 (blank)], 84, [2 (blank)]; 18; [2 (blank)], (xiv), 16, [2 (blank)]; 68; [2 (blank)], iv, (5)-120, [2 (blank)], [2 (Whitman's advertisements and a blank)], [2 (blank)]pp., frontispiece plate of a real albumen photographic portrait print of Whitman laid down on sheet with a three-line printed caption at its foot, original half white leather with marbled paper on sides, spine with a tan morocco title label gilt (lettered "Two/ Rivulets/ Prose & Verse") and decorated with a blind lattice pattern in blind, yellow endpapers, slight foxing to fore edges, spine very slightly toned to a rich cream colour. A lovely fine fresh copy, boldly signed across the foot of the photograph "Walt Whitman/ born May 31 1819"., Camden, New Jersey; [printed for the author] 1876


Note
Leaves of Grass: B.A.L. 21412, with all the points and minor revisions described by Blank. Whitman had 600 copies printed, and although his name was not printed on the title page he signed the title page of most copies.
Two Rivulets: B.A.L. 21413 with all the points described by Blank (1 correction noted by him on wrong line of Passage to India, p.102).
Whitman had 600 or 650 copies printed for distribution by himself (see advertisement leaf at the rear) but only a very small portion of them sold.
This volume is made up of the following six parts with a blank leaf separating them: Two Rivulets, Democratic Vistas, Centennial Songs, As Stong as a Bird, Memoranda during the War, and Passage to India. Some of these are earlier printed sheets and some are from slightly revised plates of earlier printings. Another version (B.A.L. 21411) issued earlier in 1876 contained the first printing of Two Rivulets, and was probably the first issue of the sheets of Memoranda during the War as well as being the first printing of most of Centenial Songs. This edition contains the sheets of the first printing of Two Rivulets, a printing from slightly revised plates of Democratic Vistas (1871), the sheets of Centennial Songs (1875), a slightly altered printing of As Strong as a Bird (1872), the sheets of Memoranda during the War (1875), a printing from slightly altered plates of Passage to India (1872).
These self-published volumes have rarely survived in acceptable condition: most copies that now appear have been rebound and even those few in the original bindings are usually rather heavily browned and marked. A copy such as this is exceptional.

Signed / Inscribed
SIGNED
£19,500