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Sale 2514 Lot 21
WALT WHITMAN (1819-1892)
Leaves of Grass.
First state engraved frontispiece portrait by S.A. Schoff, calligraphic title. 8vo, original red-orange cloth, beveled edges, blind-stamped covers, spine lean, extremities rubbed; foxing to frontispiece and title page, yellow coated endpapers. Boston: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860-61.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000
third edition, but first containing the calamus love poems devoted to male affection, wrought by Whitman's firsthand experience of the horrors of the Civil War, and based on his letters to Peter Doyle. Blanck's binding state C. The first printing of the third edition, with the printers' imprint on the copyright-page, and the frontispiece signed "Schoff" on a brown background. Myerson A2.3.a1; BAL 21397.