2 pages, 8vo, with original stamped envelope addressed by Whitman. Fine." />
14 December 2000
WHITMAN, Walt. Autograph letter signed ("Walt Whitman") to John Burroughs, Camden, 13 August . 2 pages, 8vo, with original stamped envelope addressed by Whitman. Fine.
"I AM THROWING TOGETHER A PROSE JUMBLE--SPECIMEN DAYS..." Whitman welcomes his friend home and describes his new venture, the publication of his works with Rees, Welsh and Co. of Philadelphia. He has "commenced publishing L of G in June on my own hook, but found it vexatious from the start, & having quite vehement proposals from Rees Welsh...I pass'd the use of the plates into his hands--he printed it (the plates are here in Phila) an exact copy of the Osgood edition--Welsh's first edition (a cautious 1000) was ready ab't three weeks ago & was exhausted in a day--the second came in ab't five days ago, & is now nearly gone--a third is ordered--I am very glad I let him have it--I am throwing together a prose jumble, Specimen Days...nearly 200 pages, already cast. O'Conner sent me a copy of your letter about visiting Will[iam Michael] Rossetti...Dr. [Maurice] Bucke is keeping back his book till Specimen Days comes out--will come out by winter likely." Published in Correspondence, ed. Miller, 1150.
Provenance: The Estelle Doheny Collection (sale, Christie's New York, 21 & 22 February 1989, lot 2209).
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