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    Specimen Days & Collect. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1882-'83

    FIRST EDITION, second printing, first issue. Thomas Harned’s copy, with his bookplate. Whitman’s friend Harned was one of the poet’s literary executors, alog with Horace Traubel and Richard B. Bucke.



    Leaves of Grass. Philadelphia: David McKay, n.d. [c. 1892]

    A rare survival in original wrappers. This is an undated printing of McKay’s “Deathbed Edition,” complete with the full text extended to p. 438 and including the Hollyer portrait of Whitman at p. 28.



    Walt Whitman … to which is added English Critics on Walt Whitman edited by Edward Dowden. Glasgow: Wilson and McCormick, 1884

    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.


  • (WHITMAN, WALT.) Hartmann, Sadakichi

    Conversations with Walt Whitman. Written in 1894. New York: Coby, 1895

    FIRST EDITION. After reading Leaves of Grass, 17-year-old Sadakichi Hartmann sought out and befriended Walt Whitman, who became a mentor. This volume recounts their conversations. The poet declared, “I have more hopes of him, more faith in him than any of the boys.”



    Space Flight … When? [and] Space Flight. Westwood, New Jersey, 1946

    This rare fanzine was printed in tiny numbers. We have found traces of the 1946 number on the Internet, but the 1947 number appears to be even more rare. Each number publishes the result of the author’s survey of science fiction writers, editors, and aficionados concerning the likelihood of space travel for humans.

    two volumes: $750


    OLD PLAYS; being a continuation of Dodsley’s collection, with notes, critical and explanatory. London: Rodwell and Martin, 1816

    Contains the following:  Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus and Lust’s Dominion; John Lyly, Mother Bombie, Endymion, and Midas; Middleton, Women Beware Women, A Trick to Catch the Old One, The Spanish Gypsy, The Changeling, More Dissemblers Besides Women; Dekker, Wonder of a Kingdom, Old Fortunatus; Rowley, A New Wonder, a Woman Never Vext; Webster, Appius and Virginia; Chapman, May Day, Monsieur D’Olive, Bussy D’Ambois; Webster and Rowley, Thracian Wonder; Marston’s Antonio and Mellida, What you Will, and Parasitaster: or, the Fawn; Heywood, The English Traveller, The Royal King and Loyal Subject, A Challenge for Beauty.  According to the title-page, this is a continuation of Dodsley’s Collection of Old Plays (1744).



    At the Graveside of Walt Whitman: Harleigh, Camden, New Jersey, March 30th and Sprigs of Lilac. Edited by Horace Traubel. [Philadelphia: privately Printed by Horace Traubel], [1892]

    First edition. One of 750 copies. Presentation copy inscribed by Traubel to Matilda H. Morris, with Traubel’s handwritten signed limitation statement. A note initialed by Harrison H. Morris, who later published a book on Whitman, notes without explanation that he has removed the page containing his own sonnet.



    Memories of President Lincoln: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d. O Captain! My Captain. Hush’d Be the Camps To-day. This Dust Was Once the Man. Portland., Maine: Thomas B. Mosher, 1912

    Whitman on Lincoln



    The Works. London: Tonson et al., 1766

    This handsome edition includes The Ambitious Step-Mother, Tamerlane, The Fair Penitent, Ulysses, The Royal Convert, Jane Shore, Jane Gray, and various poems.



    How to Form a Mark Twain Club. [Mayfield, California or Webster Groves, Missouri: Mark Twain Society], no year

    First and only edition. This document provides guidance for forming local Mark Twain clubs from the Mark Twain Society, founded by Cyril Clemens in 1930.

    Scarce: WorldCat locates only the copy at University of Virginia.