WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892). The Works of Walt Whitman. New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons for The Knickerbocker Press, 1902.
10 volumes, 4o (265 x 177 mm). Engraved frontispiece portraits of Whitman in Vols. 1, 3-9, his birthplace in Vol. 2, and of his tomb in Vol. 10, each in three states: uncolored on Imperial Japan Vellum, uncolored on india paper mounted, and hand-colored on wove paper. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with 30 plates, each in 3 states (on Imperial Japan vellum, india paper mounted, and wove paper), 2 folding plates of facsimile poetical manuscript in Vols. 2 and 10, series title-pages on japan vellum in red and green, volume title-pages for Vols. 1-3 (Leaves of Grass) in red and black and a ONE-PAGE AUTOGRAPH NOTE BY WHITMAN, 2-PAGE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY CARLYLE, AND A ONE-PAGE AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY TRAUBEL (see below). Brown crushed levant morocco, double gilt fillet panel with inlaid central tulips in greeen on front and back covers, spines gilt in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, turn-ins gilt, tan watered silk endpapers, top edges gilt, other edges uncut by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
LIMITED EDITION, the "Special Carlyle Set," an unnumbered edition printed on Imperial Japan Paper. This posthumous edition was supervised by his literary executors, Horace Traubel, Richard M. Bucke and Thomas B. Harned. The executors also supplied an authorized biography of Whitman for the first volume, and Oscar Lovell Triggs contributed a bibliography and other critical apparatus for the last.
[Bound into volume one:]
WHITMAN. Autograph note signed in text ("Walt Whitman"), and initialed ("W. W."), Camden 3 April 1877. One page, oblong card. A receipt for "One dollar in payment for one Notes on Walt Whitman." Also signed by G. J. Burroughs. -- CARLYLE, Thomas. A.L.S. to W. Exall, [London], 23 October 1843. 2pp., 8vo, tape repairs on crease. Declining an invitation. -- TRAUBEL, Horace. A.L.S. to C. Gallup, Philadelphia, 16 February 1909. One p., 4to, small closed tear at fold. Reminiscences by Whitman's companion and biographer: "I let Walt alone as much as possible. Let him live out his own part without violent interruptions..." (10)