New York: The Modern Library, 1958. Early printing of 1950 ML edition #97. Cloth. 12mo (7 1/4" x 5") beige cloth embossed with gold Modern Library logo & lettering with dark green labels on spine and front cover, Edited, with an Introduction, by John Kouwenhoven, archival mylar-protected decorative dust jacket (price-clipped) depicting a sketch of bearded Walt with his signature in facsimile, publisher's green topstain, decorative gray "Torchbearer" endpapers, xxix, [xxx] + 769 pages. Fine / Near Fine. Item #4201
A very useful and handy edition of poet-prophet Walt Whitman's classic collection of poems and selected prose.
Walter "Walt" Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. Often called "the father of free verse," he was part of the transition between Transcendentalism and Realism. During the Civil War, he nursed wounded soldiers, He was also a devotee of Abraham Lincoln. Leaves of Grass became a literary sensation and was sometimes attacked for its explicit sexuality.
Toledano's Guide indicates that its internal dust jacket number of "383" suggests it was printed in 1958, while the dj's rear panel indicates publication from 1954-59. This copy is thus an early or first printing of the 1950 edition in a slightly later dust jacket.
Internally tight and clean with light age-toning. Some light soil and wear at edges and head and foot of the dust jacket.