New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1902. The Paumanok Edition. Limited to 300 numbered sets printed on Ruisdael hand-made paper (of which this is #92), signed by the publisher. Ten large octavo volumes (236 x 166 mm). Publisher’s three-quarter dark green morocco over marbled boards ruled in gilt. Spines lettered and decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments in a floral design, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. Etched and photogravure frontispieces and plates, with descriptive tissue guards. A Fine set.
Journalist, essayist, and poet who revolutionized American literature with such poems as I Sing the Body Electric and Song of Myself, which asserted the beauty of the human body, physical health, and sexuality. "Always the champion of the common man, Whitman is both the poet and the prophet of democracy. The whole of Leaves of Grass is imbued with the spirit of brotherhood and a pride in the democracy of the young American nation. In a sense, it is America’s second Declaration of Independence: that of 1776 was political, this of 1855 intellectual” (Printing and the Mind of Man). Here, drawn together in a beautiful binding, are some of Whitman's most influential and important works.
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