29 June 2005
WHITMAN, Walt (1819-1892). Leaves of Grass. New York: [Privately Printed for the author by William E. Chapin], 1867.
8o. (Extreme fore-margin of title-page slightly trimmed in rebinding, dampstain to lower margin in first few gatherings.) Maroon morocco gilt, edges gilt, by Riviere (a little wear to joints). Provenance: ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE (presentation inscription from the author); anonymous owner (sold, Swann Galleries, 15 April 1982, lot 202); Miss Frances H. Jones (sold, Christie's New York, 7 October 1994, lot 217).
Fourth Edition of Leaves of Grass, greatly revised and bound as issued with Drum-Taps, Sequel to Drum-Taps, and Songs Before Parting (comprising BAL's Issue 1--no priority). PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY WHITMAN TO SWINBURNE at the head of the title-page: "Algernon Charles Swinburne, from Walt Whitman." Swinburne was a long-standing admirer of Leaves of Grass and a staunch supporter of Whitman in England, describing him as "one of the great geniuses of our time" and including the celebratory ode "To Walt Whitman in America" in his own Songs before Sunrise (1871). BAL 21399. AN OUTSTANDING ASSOCIATION COPY.
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