14 December 2000
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Camden, 1882. 8o. Two engraved portraits of Whitman. (Some foxing.) Original dark green cloth, yellow coated endpapers, t.e.g., others uncut (hinges cracked, inner hinges repaired with cloth tape, partially touching inscription at front, some soiling).
Seventh edition, third (American) issue, with the cancel title-page SIGNED BY WHITMAN. PRESENTATION COPY, ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED BY WHITMAN on the front free endpaper: "Judge Westcott from his friend the author." John W. Westcott, a native of Camden county, returned to New Jersey in 1878 after 12 years at Yale. He quickly became a prominent local attorney and later, a district judge and Attorney General of New Jersey. Westcott met Whitman in 1878 and called on him frequently thereafter. His son, Ralph W. Westcott, recalled that his father "was fond of declaiming Leaves of Grass at home and regarded Whitman almost as a saint" (Gay Wilson Allen, The Solitary Singer, pp. 505-6). This edition was produced after the James R. Osgood and Co. edition of the same year was withdrawn from publication at the request of the Massacusetts district attorney due to its obscene content. [With]: ALS by Anne Traubel to Ralph Westcott, 1936, describing this copy. BAL 21418 (reissue); Meyerson A2.7.c<->3.
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