Whitman in Great Britain: a Whitman rarity
(WHITMAN, WALT.) BUCKE, RICHARD MAURICE. Walt Whitman … to which is added English Critics on Walt Whitman edited by Edward Dowden
Glasgow: Wilson and McCormick, 1884
Photo intaglio frontispiece portrait of Whitman by Gilchrist. Original olive-brown cloth. Short separation to cloth at bottom of rear joint. Very good.
FIRST EDITION, first British issue, comprising the American sheets (1883) plus a new section (pp. 237-255), Dowden’s work on the English critics of Whitman.
“An unconventional book, as much anthology of documents about the poet as a biography. It was also a collaboration; Whitman advised throughout, revised Bucke’s text, and wrote significant portions of the book himself” (LeMaster, Walt Whitman, An Encylopedia). Bucke was one of Whitman’s three literary executors.
Myerson D 13, note four.