“FROM MY HEART TO YOUR HEART”: FIRST EDITION OF WALT WHITMAN’S COMPLETE POEMS AND PROSE, ONE OF ONLY 600 COPIES SIGNED BY WHITMAN
WHITMAN, Walt. Complete Poems and Prose. [Camden: no publisher [printed for the author in Philadelphia by Ferguson Brothers], 1888]. Quarto, period-style full green morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers.
First edition of the first collected edition of Whitman’s works, one of only 600 copies signed by Whitman on the Leaves of Grass title page. Beautifully bound.
Published only four years before the poet's death, Whitman called this edition his "big book… essentially the book, irrespective of expensive binding: it has portraits, notes, title page—all the guarantees of my personality: it is as clearly the book as anything could make it." He also called it his "pet edition" going "straight from my hands into the hands of the reader: from my heart to your heart…" Issued for Whitman by the publisher, with four portraits of the author, including a photographic title page. Contains Leaves of Grass, Specimen Days and Collect, and November Boughs. Without limitation statements on verso of "note at the beginning" or on title page, as in early copies; "copies sent out before 14 February 1889 were unnumbered" (Myerson A2.7m n2). Myerson A2.7m. Wells & Goldsmith, 31-32.
Text generally clean, beautifully bound.