(Philadelphia: David McKay, 1882-83). 192 x 124 mm. (7 1/2 x 4 3/4"). 376 pp. FIRST EDITION, Second Issue.
Publisher's citron cloth titled and decorated in gilt. Myerson A11.1.b2; BAL 12627. Leaves lightly browned (as no doubt in every copy because of paper stock), otherwise AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE COPY, the text clean and fresh, and the binding in immaculate condition.
This is an extremely well-preserved copy of the first printing of Whitman's major prose work, a collection of essays that is the most autobiographical of his books. Written in his seventh decade, "Specimen Days" looks back on his early life in New York, and spends a great deal of time on the Civil War period, examining the impact close contact with so much death had on his life and work. The second part of the book contains comments on politics and literature, as well as samples of his juvenile writings. One of the great men of American letters, Whitman (1819-92) is cited by Day as "a source of energy and inspiration, and an indicator of new ways to deal with the subtleties of spiritual truth." Copies of this work are not uncommon, but they are very rarely found in the outstanding condition seen here. (ST12861)
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PJP Catalog: XMAS16.057