Leaves of Grass. Walt Whitman.
Leaves of Grass
Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass

New York, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., 1940. First Edition Thus. A unique & beautiful production among the myriad editions of Leaves of Grass, the quintessential classic by the iconic American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892). This edition, published in 1940, features bold illustrations by Lewis C. Daniel (1901-1952) whose style is exemplary of the period & evokes Thomas Hart Benton by way of William Blake, in our estimation. The illustrations are about equally divided between black-&-white & color (sharply reproduced for the time). Selected & with an introduction by Christopher Morley (1890-1957), the once well-known, very prolific literary figure. With Whitman's original 1855 preface & "A Font of Type" following the sixty-one selected poems. Hardcover with coarse-woven green cloth covers & spine that evoke the very plants of the title; paper printed with author, title etc. attached to spine. With original green paper slipcase, also with attached printing on spine. A vintage, striking edition among the hundreds of variations sought by collectors of this greatest, most famous & influential work in all the canon of American poetry. Book in fine condition with mild wear, fading & sunning to front, back covers & esp. spine; mild wear & fading at edges & esp. corners of same; mild-to-moderate spotting to side & lower edges of text block (upper edge dyed green with only very mild rubbing, fading); printed paper title attached to spine with rubbing, browning, a few surface scratches & edgewear. Interior very fine with only browning to margins of paste-downs & endpapers; small creases, bumps at corners of some page leaves. Original, unrepaired slipcase in fair-to-good condition with mild-to-moderate rubbing, browning, spotting, staining & scratching at all surfaces; mild-to-significant wear at all edges & corners including closed tears esp. at top front edge which is removed; small chips with slight loss of paper esp. at upper spine edge. Fine / (Slipcase) Fair-Good. [Item #3564]

Price: $50.00