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Lot 298: WHITMAN, WALT. Leaves of Grass.

19TH & 20TH CENTURY LITERATURE

by Swann Auction Galleries

10 November 2016

New York, NY, USA

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Description: WHITMAN, WALT. Leaves of Grass. Engraved frontispiece portrait by S.A. Schoff, calligraphic title. 8vo, publisher's deep-purplish cloth, beveled edges, spine gilt, blind-stamped covers, spine tips rubbed slightly; front hinge partly split but firm, original yellow endpapers. Boston: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860-61 [i.e. 1860]

Notes: third edition, second (or third) printing, BAL binding state C. The presumed third printing (though previously thought to be the second), and first unauthorized printing, of the third edition, without the printers' imprints on the copyright-page. The frontispiece in the third state, signed "S.A. Schoff" on a plain white background. Myerson, Walt Whitman, a Descriptive Bibliography, A2.3.c (calling it the third printing); BAL 21397 (calling it the second printing).

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