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SPECIMEN DAYS IN AMERICA

SPECIMEN DAYS IN AMERICA

WHITMAN, Walt Original dark blue cloth with a printed paper spine label. Part of the Camelot Series. BAL 21428: Binding A. Most of the material within first appeared 5 years earlier in SPECIMEN DAYS & COLLECT published by Rees Welsh and Company in Philadelphia. This edition is "Newly Revised by the Author, with Fresh Preface and Additional Note." INSCRIBED by the poet on the front endpaper to his niece: "Jesse L. Whitman/Oct: 1888--/to my Dear Jess:/from Uncle Walt." SPECIMEN DAYS IN AMERICA contains largely personal reminiscences, including hospital scenes and incidents during the Civil War. An exceptionally scarce family Association Copy of what is considered the largest and most important work of Whitman's old age, a new form of autobiography linking personal and national history. Jessie Louisa Whitman was the daughter of Walt Whitman's brother, Jeff. She and her older sister Manahatta ("Hattie") were born in the house on Portland Avenue in Brooklyn that their parents shared with Walt, his mother, and brothers George and Edward. Her family's move to St. Louis in 1868, when Jessie was 4, did nothing to detract from her strong feelings for her Uncle Walt. After her mother died in 1873, she spent much of each summer at the home of George Whitman in Camden, where Walt was also living at that time. She was close to her uncle all her life and was with him a few weeks before his death in 1892. She lived until 1957, just shy of her 94th birthday. Whitman mentioned her in his touching reflection on her father, "An Engineer's Obituary," published in GOOD-BYE MY FANCY (1891). Jeff Whitman died in November 1890, about 2 years after Walt presented this book to Jeff's daughter. Toning to paper. Neat professional repair to hinges. Very Good
The Olden Time" in THE NEW YORK MIRROR. A Weekly Journal Devoted to Literature and the Fine Arts. Volume XII : 5 July 1834 -- 27 June 1835

The Olden Time” in THE NEW YORK MIRROR. A Weekly Journal Devoted to Literature and the Fine Arts. Volume XII : 5 July 1834 — 27 June 1835

WHITMAN, Walt Folio (10-1/2" x 14-1/4") bound in contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards with the gilt-lettered red morocco ownership label of Maria Youngs on the front cover; 416 pages including index. Includes the first printing in the 29 November 1834 issue of "The Olden Time," signed "W," THE FIRST PUBLISHED PIECE BY WALT WHITMAN still extant, published when he was 15 years old. Not in Myerson, though he refers to a possible Whitman work in THE MIRROR in 1835 as not seen (Myerson I3). In the three-paragraph piece Whitman talks about how though New York City may feel old and "civilized," there were still likely people around who "conversed with men who once saw the present great metropolitan city as a little dorp or village." He gives examples of two men who died in the mid-1700s--a Negro Harry and John Crockeser--who must have spoken to some still alive when he wrote the piece: "How these very aged persons serve as counters to diminish time, and to seem to draw all the mighty past, so seemingly long, into the compass of but two or three lives!" THE MIRROR was an 8-page weekly containing: A piece of music with words and notes on the last page of each issue; book reviews; literary criticism; poetry; letters from abroad; medicine; city improvements; fine arts; humor; New York theater; etc. Other articles on New York University; Cure of an Opium-Eater; Wilson, the Ornithologist; the Witches of Lancashire of 1612; Charles Lamb on Modern Gallantry; English Writers of America by Washington Irving; two poems by William Cullen Bryant; and more. Illustrated an engraved title page, text engravings and 3 full-page plates: the presidents of the United States, a view of Newburgh, NY, and "A Scene in the Highlands, NY." The last issue missing one leaf but otherwise complete with the addition of a loose 1835 issue laid in. Little foxing but some dampstaining, occasionally heavy, but with little effect on the page with Whitman's piece. A few pages frayed at the edges. Front cover a little loose but binding is sound. Very Good