Preface to the 1855 Leaves of Grass
WHITMAN, WALT. (English) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman: Preface to the original edition
London: Trübner, 1881
Original wrappers. Light toning to front wrapper. Near fine.
FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, Myerson’s “presumed” second printing. This cheaply made, thirty-one page book printed by Trübner and Co. had a limited first printing of twenty-five copies in 1881, expanded later that year to 500 copies. It seems that the release of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman: Preface to the Original Edition, 1855 coincided with Trübner’s distribution of the American 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass and served as a way to generate interest in the book.
A handsome copy of this scarce publication in wrappers.
Myerson A 10.1.b.