“DO ANYTHING, BUT LET IT PRODUCE JOY": Finely Bound example of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass

  • Leaves of Grass.
  • Leaves of Grass.
  • Leaves of Grass.

Leaves of Grass.


Item Number: 90446

New York: Aventine Press, 1931.

Finely bound example of the most important volume in American poetry. Quarto, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers. 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).

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