14 December 2000
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1888. 8o. Original mustard cloth, gilt-lettered on front cover and spine, t.e.g., others uncut and unopened; quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Frederick W. Skiff (bookplate); Byron Price (bookplate).
Seventh edition, twelfth printing, first issue. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with 2 autograph postcards signed by Whitman, 10 portrait plates on japan and 3 galley proof slips of the poems "Old Age's Lambent Peaks," "A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine" and "To Get the Final Lilt of Songs." Also included is a TLS by the Whitman specialist Alfred F. Goldsmith to Frederick W. Skiff offering this copy of the book to him. The first postcard (signed with initials), to Helen E. Price, 21 August n.y., tells that Whitman is "engaged in printing my book" and mentions Dr. Bucke (not in Correspondence, ed. E.H. Miller). Ms. Price and her mother Abby were among Whitman's best friends in Brooklyn. The second postcard signed ("Walt Whitman") of 9 June 1885 asks the recipient, William C. Bryant of Buffalo NY, if he received the two volumes sent the previous month (the card listed as lost in Correspondence, ed. E.H. Miller, vol. III, p.439.) Bryant, a lawyer and President of the Buffalo Historical Society, was responsible for placing the remains of Red Jacket and other Senecan chiefs in Forest Lawn Cemetary. BAL 21433 (book), 21565 (proof poems); Meyerson A2.7.l<->1 (book), F53 (proof poems).
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