Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1904. Later Edition. Decorated & gilt-stamped cloth. 8vo, original publisher's green cloth with elaborate gilt floral decoration on spine and gold title on front cover, photographic B&W frontispiece of Walt Whitman in 1890 with facsimile signature, Mylar-protected cloth, top edge gilt (t.e.g.), [vi] + 455 pages. Near Fine / None. Item #1709
Internally clean, bright, tight and square copy of a SCARCE early edition of Whitman's poems.
Walter "Walt" Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and Realism. Whitman is often called "the father of free verse." During the Civil War, he worked as a nurse caring for wounded soldiers, and was a passionate supporter of Abraham Lincoln. Whitman's expansive poetry became very controversial, particularly Leaves of Grass, which was sometimes attacked for its explicit sexuality.
Previous owner's ownership inscription on free front endpaper.