14 December 2000
WHITMAN, Walt. Specimen Days and Collect. Philadelphia: Rees Welsh & Co., 1882-83. 8o. Four portrait plates of Whitman and his mother and father. Original mustard cloth, gilt-lettered on front cover and spine, blue-veined endpapers, t.e.g., others uncut (hinges cracked, shaken, extremities rubbed, scattered soiling); quarter morocco folding case.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING, LARGE-PAPER ISSUE. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR on the front free endpaper: "Lady Mount Temple from Walt Whitman America 1886." Whitman kept in contact with Lady Mount Temple over the years, even receiving a gift of a "beautiful vest of knit stuff, wool & silk" (Correspondence, ed. E.H. Miller, vol. IV, p. 170). BAL 21422 (Binding B); Meyerson A11.1.a (Binding C; sequence B of illustrations).
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