Hard Cover. Boston: Thayer and Eldridge, 1860. Near Fine.
Third edition, second (or third) printing, with the third state portrait frontispiece, in Blanck's C binding. One of 1,000 copies. Publisher's dark purple cloth, with decorative stamping to the boards in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, beveled edges, gray-tan endpapers. An excellent copy with only light rubbing and minor wear to the extremities, upper spine lightly frayed, corners lightly bumped, else near fine. Overall, a very clean and pleasing copy, seldom found in this condition. BAL 21397. First published in 1855, Leaves of Grass is a collection of poetry that Walt Whitman continued to edit, revise, and republish over the course of his life. In its first iteration, the collection contained only twelve verses, while later editions included several hundred. This third edition, the first to be widely accessible to the public, includes 146 new poems not found in the second edition - the largest augmentation in the text over the course of its revision and expansions. Inspired by his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalist movement, Whitman's poetry lauds the human experience and the American spirit. Although criticized for its exultation of sensual pleasure and overt discussion of sexuality, Leaves of Grass was highly praised by Emerson and is widely considered one of the cornerstones of 19th century American poetry.