14 December 2000
THE ESTATE OF LEONARD LEVINE
WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892). [Caption title:] Franklin Evans; or, the Inebriate. A Tale of the Times. By Walter Whitman. New York: J. Winchester, November 1842. Small 2o. 31 pages, page of ads at rear, printed in double columns. Disbound or removed as usual (rebacked with white paper, normal foxing, a few marginal chips or tears neatly repaired); cloth slipcase.
FIRST EDITION OF WHITMAN'S FIRST SEPARATE PUBLICATION, issued as an extra or supplement to The New World, an "original temperance novel" preceding Leaves of Grass by 13 years. Only four copies are known to have survived in the original printed wrappers. BAL 21393; Myerson A1.1.
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