LEAF OF GRASS FROM SHADY HILL. With a Review of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Written by Charles Eliot Norton in 1855; And, with A LEAF FROM THE FIRST PRINTING OF LEAVES OF GRASS, published in Brooklyn in 1855
[Whitman, Walt; LEAVES OF GRASS]; Norton, Charles Eliot
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(Cambridge and Brooklyn: printed at the Harvard University Press and by the author, 1928; 1855), FIRST EDITION OF THE BOOK WITH A LEAF FROM THE 1855 FIRST PRINTING OF WALT WHITMAN'S LEAVES OF GRASS. The text was issued to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Charles Eliot Norton, this book contains an introductory essay by Kenneth Murdock, a poem by Norton inspired by Whitman's LEAVES OF GRASS, and Norton's review of that work, printed anonymously in "Putnam's Monthly" for September, 1855. The original leaf of the poem comes from the first printing, issued in Brooklyn by Whitman in 1855. It is, to this day, held to be the greatest poetical work in American literature. First edition of the book and a leaf from the first edition of Whitman's LEAVES OF GRASS. With a frontispiece portrait of Norton and F. J. Child from a photograph taken circa 1854. 4to, publisher's original green cloth gilt lettered on the upper cover and spine. In the very scarce original plain paper dustjacket. 31 pp. + leaf from the first edition of LEAVES OF GRASS. A very fine copy, the text-block still largely unopened, the green cloth essentially pristine. The original 1855 leaf from the first edition of LEAVES OF GRASS well preserved.