Lot 450: Walt Whitman Leaves of Grass Birthday Edition signed

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Lot 450: Author: Whitman, Walt. Title: Leaves of Grass, With Sands at Seventy & A Backward Glance O'er Travelled Roads. Place Published: (Camden, NJ). Date Published: 1889. Description: 404, 18 pp. Inserted mounted albumen photograph portrait frontispiece, plus five other portraits. 18x11. 5 cm (7x4 ¼"), original gilt-lettered limp black morocco, all edges gilt. One of 300 copies. Seventh Edition, Fourteenth Printing. Signed by Walt Whitman on the title page, as issued. Inscribed by Richard Maurice Bucke for a Mrs. Burt. Inscription dated 20 May 1898 at the Asylum, London, Ontario where Buck was a doctor for the insane. Bucke was Whitman's close friend, biographer, and literary executor. A special edition, published to coincide with Whitman's 70th birthday and with two new notes by him (the brief one on the title, and the introduction to "A Backward Glance o'er Travel'd Roads"). The original price was $5. Also accompanied by a period removable linen book cover with front cover illustration of wild grasses, lettered in imitation of the cover stamping. BAL 21435; Myerson A2. 7. n, binding C. Spine head chipped, vertical crack to spine leather, edges lightly worn, front free endpaper detached and chipped; five cent Whitman commemorative stamp on copyright page; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 563: Fine Literature with the Wayne Martin Collection of Jack London Thursday, 25th June 2015 Estimate: $2500-3000
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