Leaves of Grass. WALT WHITMAN.

Leaves of Grass.

Publisher: Washington, D.C., 1872 [for London: John Camden Hotten, 1873].
Edition: Sixth edition, an anonymously issued English piracy under the guise of an American edition.
Bibliographical References: Myerson A2.6, binding A; BAL 21623.
Condition: Hinges and corners skillfully repaired; mended tear in the front free endpaper and blank; top 1/2 inch of the margin in the contents leaf clipped (probably removing a signature or inscription); very good copy.
Book ID: 23847


8vo, original black- and gilt-stamped reddish-brown cloth, gilt lettering.


¶ The infamous English publisher John Camden Hotten took a copy of the Washington, D.C., 1871, fifth edition of Leaves of Grass, and made a convincing facsimile of it, but it is distinguishable from the original by the addition of “After All, Not to Create Only,” which Whitman never included with copies of that edition. Four years earlier Hotten had issued an authorized book by Whitman, Poems . . . Selected and Edited by William Michael Rossetti (1868), for which Whitman was promised royalties, but received nothing (Loving, page 322). This “piracy was no doubt due to British censorship laws, which [Hotten] probably thought he could avoid more easily by posing as the distributor of the book rather than as the publisher of it” - Myerson.

Price: $1,750.00

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