London, South Kensington
9 July 2002
WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892). Leaves of Grass with Sands at Seventy & A Backward Glance o'er Travel'd Roads, Philadelphia: Ferguson Bros. & Co., 1889. 8° (179 x 115mm.). Portrait photograph laid down on frontispiece of Whitman seated in profile, holding a flower, 5 portraits. Original black roan wallet with tab. (Extremities rubbed). ONE OF 300 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Provenance: inscribed to Fred Wild by J. Johnston and J. W. Wallace, 9 January 1891.
WHITMAN'S 'SPECIAL, COMPLETE, FINAL UTTERANCE'. Whitman's preface describes the motivation for this special edition: "Today, finishing my 70th year, the fancy comes for celebrating it by a special, complete, final utterance, in one handy volume ... And for testimony to all (and in good measure,) I here with pen and ink append my name." A fragment of an envelope addressed to Fred Wild, apparently in the autograph of Whitman and signed by him, accompanies the lot.
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