Camden, NJ: Author's edition, 1876. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp. 120 . One of just 100 copies printed, with a blank leaf between 'As a Strong Bird' and 'Memoranda', as well as a leaf of adverts to rear, but lacking the portrait frontispiece of the author. In contemporary light tan half morocco, re-backed in a darker morocco with blind decoration. Bright red and green marbled boards; yellow endpapers. No external title labels. Wear to boards, only lightly to more recent boards. Very good. A collection of pieces, both poetry and prose, written by Whitman after 'Leaves of Grass' but never published until this point, a few years after the life-changing stoke he suffered in 1873. Whitman describes it as 'almost death's book', but also dedicates the publication to the centenary of the foundation of the United States, declaring 'Has not the time come, indeed, in the development of the New World, when its Politics should ascend into atmospheres and regions hitherto unknown...'. Item #48690
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