“A PEAK OF VISIONARY AND CREATIVE INTOXICATION”
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass. Brooklyn, New York, 1856.
Rare and enlarged second edition, one of only 1000 copies printed, with frontispiece portrait of Whitman and advertisement leaf following text, featuring 20 additional poems not appearing in the 1855 first edition, including “A Woman Waits for Me” and “Who Learns My Lesson Complete?” The copy of Pennsylvania merchant and book collector William F. Gable, with a tipped-in leaf containing a series of beautiful autograph notes to him written by some of Whitman's closest friends and admirers: Dr. Gustave P. Wicksell, Ellen M. Calder, and Horace Traubel (Whitman's literary executor). $19,500.