Leaves of Grass: A Selection of Poems and Prose
A selection of Whitman's greatest and most beautiful lyrics, from masterpieces such as "Song of Myself" to little-known gems like "Fancies at Navesink." Also included are four of Whitman's superbly poetic essays, including the landmark preface to the first edition of Leaves of Grass. Reproductions include handwritten poems and letters and a stunning array of portraits of the writer and illustrations from earlier editions of the poet's works.
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The New York Public Library Collector's Editions
Favorite masterpieces of world literature illustrated by rare and beautiful materials from the Library's collections and featuring an elegant, distinctive design, with foil-trimmed covers with matching endpapers; compact, easy-to-hold size; and modern, readable type. Each book includes a biography of the author, a short essay about the images and artifacts from the Library used to illustrate the text, and suggestions for further reading.
491 pages, illustrated. Published by Doubleday, 1997.
Hardcover. $18.50. ISBN 0-385-48727-4.