Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass; One of 50 copies on Japan vellum; Signed by Thomas Bird Mosher
Leaves of Grass.
Item Number: 92457
Portland: Thomas Bird Mosher, 1919.
Facsimile of the first edition of Walt Whitman’s landmark work, one of 50 copies signed by Mosher, this is number 3. Quarto, bound in original Japanese vellum, gilt titles and tooling. Signed by Thomas Mosher, who was integral in the private press movement in the United States. Also with an inscription on the front free endpaper from legendary book collector William Gable dated 12/27/19, “one of the first copies received.” Fine in the original plain cream paper dust jacket with printed title on spine, light shelfwear. With the original slipcase in very good condition.
“Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy… In a sense, it is America’s second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, this of 1855 intellectual” (PMM 340). The most important and influential volume of poetry written in America, Whitman’s literary masterpiece, Leaves of Grass is “one of the most magnificent fabrications of modern times… he never surrendered… his vision of himself as one who might go forth among the American people and astonish them…” (DAB).